Why is Chrome so laggy? (Late 2013 retina 13 inch)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by severage, May 4, 2014.

  1. severage macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2013
    8gb ram, 13 inch retina late 2013

    Chrome is far less smooth than safari when performing gesture scrolling. Anybody know why/how to fix it/etc? I actually prefer safari, but adblock on safari isn't working well for me currently.
  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Certain websites lag terribly on the retina. Try installing switchresx and scale to a non-hdpi resolution.
    That will solve that problem.
  3. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    Chrome is the issue. You can load a heavy site like The Verge up on Safari and Chrome side by side. Safari scrolls smoothly while Chrome chugs, regardless of resolution.
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Chrome is an awful resource hog and runs horribly on OS X.

    And besides, Google is always up to no good when it comes to user privacy.
  5. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Yes Google is so evil they ate my boxers.
  6. walkie macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    I think OSX uses a taxing algorithm on the rMBP to stretch and render images, animations, videos and fonts using 4x the amount of pixels, this extra algorithm seems to be the culprit in my opinion because it taxes the GPU, Safari has been optimized to scroll smoothly using said algorithm while Chrome and Firefox are not optimized for such task, so they both lag horribly when scrolling, if you want to use a navigator other than Safari, I recommend using Opera, this navigator seems to be almost as fast as Safari when scrolling.

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