MacBook slowing down on web browsing

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Leo90, May 6, 2016.

  1. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Hello everyone!

    I just got a 2016 rMB m5/512GB and I am impressed with this mac so far, especially portability and screen quality. However, I have been noticing that it tends to slow down on webpages such as Facebook, Youtube, The Verge. Is that normal? By the way, I just migrated data from my previous MBP and indexing process seems to be finished.

  2. izzyfanto macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011
    Zero problems for me, Safari is very quick and light. I've heard people say that TheVerge is bad because of the heavy graphics and videos, but it's very smooth for me. I don't have Facebook. YouTube is fine. Are you using Safari?
  3. brewmonkey macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2016
    It's certainly not popular with most web sites, but I highly recommend installing AdBlock Plus before browsing any web site. You can leave the 'unobtrusive' ads checked to allow the ones that don't kill your browser (which also gives sites incentive to make all their ads unobtrusive like that so everybody wins).
  4. izzyfanto macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011
    +1. I also use Ghostery...removes blacklisted trackers and widgets that affect performance
  5. azure247 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    my macbook also slowed down like stutter-like lag on some sites. not sure why.... is it because of the weaker integrated GPU?
  6. brewmonkey macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2016
    Are you using Safari with Adblock Plus? That should definitely cut down on ad-based stuttering. However, even with all (obtrusive) ads blocked, some sites are still slow and stutter-y for me (even on rMBP 15) probably due to intensive scripting on the page. There are general script-blockers for Safari, but I haven't played with any of them. NoScript is very good on Firefox.
  7. izzyfanto macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011
    JS Blocker
  8. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I recommend uBlock for Safari. Supposedly very lightweight compared to Adblock Plus, yet very powerful and customizable.
  9. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    Yes, I am definitely experiencing this! I've had the machine for 4 days now and the performance has been a bit underwhelming and laggy. Especially when using Safari. I've used a rMB (2015) for a considerable amount of time before so I know what to expect as far as performance. Safari performance in these 2016 models seem to be significantly worse than I recall in the previous model.

    It seems to downright freeze (for a split second) when running fairly hot while using Safari. Could be a lot of things, but my first thought is that perhaps there might be some slight throttling bugs that need to be worked out for the new rMB Skylake chips. It's not uncommon for Apple to release patches that correct issues such as these within a few months of release, especially in processor gem-updates. In fact, this is the first Mac portable for which Apple has launched a Skylake chip.

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