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

theAXEDhead

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Jun 25, 2012
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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.
 

theAXEDhead

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Jun 25, 2012
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Would you say it's buttery smooth?
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.
 

Meever

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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.
 

Spicedham

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Jun 16, 2012
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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.
 

stevelam

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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.
 

Lvivske

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

hopefully it gets up to par soon
 

Voodoofreak

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Jul 7, 2012
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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?
 

Hippocrates

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Jun 12, 2012
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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.
 

jon08

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What's up with the Omnibar icon in the latest version of Chorme? The "blank page" icon on the left is ugly imo.
 

KingArthurVI

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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.
 

HighEndMac

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Mar 30, 2011
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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.
What is the new retina Chrome version called?