Latest version of Chrome (v.21 - stable) - crazy fast

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by theAXEDhead, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. theAXEDhead macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    I have been playing with my new rMBP now for about a week. I was enjoying Safari in ML. I could not really notice any lag. There was extremely minor pauses on the odd site, that I took to be more bandwidth issues.

    I have my rMBP (2.6/16/512) running in the top end resolution - 1920x.....

    I have just been trying out the latest stable build for Chrome (Chrome Canary was buggy and flashy). The new build of chrome is incredibly fast, way faster than Safari. Most things are instant relative to Safari and relative to just the general definition of the word "instant", and now I can not go back. I also like the fact that I can set Chrome to 150% magnification and it does this for every page automatically. No doubt there was some way to do this in Safari, but I could never find it.

    I loved my rMBP before, but now, this makes it even better.
  2. bsmack macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2007
  3. theAXEDhead thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    No, smoother than butter. I have compared. Which was a bit messy frankly.

    But seriously it's actually a bit more instantaneous than that, so not really smooth at all, just there.
  4. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Use the beta. Don't use canary chrome. It's absolute garbage compared to the beta.

    There's still some lag but it's substantially better.
  5. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I use chrome on my laptop and really like the speed. But otherwise I'm a FF guy. Been using it since v.2.
  6. Spicedham macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    the stable version is now retina updated. it feels faster than safari. scrolling can be a little less smooth but the speed makes up for it.
  7. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    please tell me you're joking. are you referring to 21.0.1180.57 beta? it doesn't even have gpu acceleration on, making scrolling much choppier than safari.
  8. Sam2lucky13 macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
  9. Lvivske macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2011
    I noticed it's A LOT smoother now, but still not as fast as Safari

    hopefully it gets up to par soon
  10. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Are there actual benchmarks that can be performed to test the difference between the two? Or is it something that would be different from machine to machine?
  11. pvtjokr88 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    it sure makes youtube kind of retarded now, ill stick with safari
  12. Hippocrates macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    I hate to say this but Google Chrome works fantastically on my rMBP. All the scrolling problems with techcrunch or Facebook, especially when zoomed in... are non-existent with Chrome, even on integrated GPU.

    Guess what, I tested IE Fish Tank, and it gave me 59-60 FPS with 1000 fishies on full screen! Simply amazing! I remember getting a much lower frame rate using Safari. I'm still using Safari though lol.
  13. jon08 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2008
    What's up with the Omnibar icon in the latest version of Chorme? The "blank page" icon on the left is ugly imo.
  14. sireShonBohn macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2012
    Chrome is spyware, it should be removed every time you run an antivirus program.
  15. jcpb macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    not sure if srs
  16. daleski75 macrumors 68000


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northampton, UK
    For me chrome is still not as smooth as safari but it is getting better.
  17. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I just prefer not having to download plugins like flash on safari when chrome works fine without the need to download.
  18. daleski75 macrumors 68000


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northampton, UK
    The plugins thing is a bonus and a flash free environment would be much better though but that's a whole different topic.
  19. KingArthurVI macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    Scrolling is still better on Safari IMO and the loading bar kinda helps psychologically to make you think it's loading faster (funny, I know). The only instances I found myself to be using Chrome was when I really need the Flash sandboxing as I was never a Flash supporter so I didn't have it installed on my Mac.
  20. ilgreatluigi macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2012
    The full release is out so why would you keep using the beta?
  21. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    obviously because at the time of posting, the full version wasn't out yet.
  22. ilgreatluigi macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2012
    Nice trolling!
  23. marddin macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    So which Chrome release is best? and where can I download this?
  24. HighEndMac macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2011
    What is the new retina Chrome version called?
  25. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    does Chrome have the swipe for Back Page and Forward Page?

    im pretty sure it never did which made me go back to Safari

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