Chrome’s most recent upgrade, according to Google, is quicker than Safari

Google claims that the current Chrome update, version M99, is quicker and more responsive on Macs than Safari, according to Apple’s Speedometer online

Chrome’s latest release is 43 percent faster than it was a year and a half ago, according to the company.

Google claims that the current Chrome update, version M99, is quicker and more responsive on Macs than Safari, according to Apple’s Speedometer online benchmark. A post on the Chromium Blog delves into how Chrome’s performance has improved over the last year or so while building JavaScript and displaying graphics.

According to Google, this results in its browser being the quickest on M1 Macs, with a benchmarking time of roughly 7% quicker than Safari. According to the blog post, Chrome M99 also established a performance record with a score of 300 on a benchmark produced by Apple’s WebKit team. The Speedometer test is designed to emulate the experience of using a web app that runs on various technologies to assess how responsive it is.

The tests were carried out on a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a 10-core M1 Max processor and 64 GB of RAM, according to Google. When I repeated the test on my 13-inch M1-powered MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM, the difference was even greater: Chrome scored 252 runs per minute, plus or minus 8.6, while Safari scored 185, plus or minus 46. That’s roughly a 30% difference on average, though there was obviously a lot of variation with Safari. I didn’t reach the 300 mark because my computer had a slower processor and less RAM than the Google team claimed.

When it comes to normal online browsing, performance is critical – you don’t want to be waiting when utilizing a web app. However, the majority of the complaints I’ve heard from coworkers and strangers on the internet are that Chrome is a resource eater, not that it is sluggish. While Chrome isn’t totally to blame for high RAM utilization (all those scripts it runs so quickly eat up space and resources of their own, and measuring system resource usage may be difficult), it does have a reputation for consuming a lot of memory.

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Benchmarks, in my opinion, are probably not worth considering when choosing a browser. I use both Chrome and Safari, and I don’t notice any significant differences in speed. There’s more to consider than simply performance; one of my coworkers recently claimed that Chrome was “a complete disaster” in terms of battery life on their M1 MacBook Air.

On the other hand, if you’re content with the things Chrome offers and it doesn’t appear to slow down your computer, I’d recommend keeping with it. You can even brag about how well it performs in benchmark tests now and then.

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