Which is the More Memory Friendly? Four Browsers’ Memory Footprint Evaluation
BEIJING, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The browser war has heated up since last year and is still ongoing. Chrome gained popularity for its fast speed in loading Web pages. Firefox maintained the edge owing to abundant add-ons and functions as well as the high customizability. IE was praised for its good compatibility, varied third-party plug-ins, and furthermore IE9′s surprisingly fast speed. Avant Browser was applauded by the huge and faithful advocates for its small size, full-featured functions, high stability and continuously improved memory strategy.
Nowadays, as Internet users, we are spoiled for choice, so how do we know which browser truly brings us the best experience? When it comes to performance, the advanced users may know that the browsers which use less memory can greatly improve the speed by reducing the number of disk exchange. Today we’ll do some tests to assess which browser will come out on top with the lowest memory usage.
App Name Size Download Link Avant Browser 2011 build 30 3.20MB http://www.avantbrowser.com/release/absetup.exe IE9 17.8MB http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/6/D/86DB5DC9-5706 -4A5B-BD46-FFBA6FA67D44/IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe Firefox 6.0 13.33MB http://mozilla.mirror.ac.za/firefox/releases/6.0/win32/ en-US/Firefox%20Setup%206.0.exe Chrome 13.0.782.112 22.84MB http://www.google.com/chrome?hl=en-GB
In order to imitate the common browsing practice, let’s set a default homepage for each browser, for example: http://www.ask.com/, then open and close five groups of different web pages severally at the same time with each group containing five pages, and record their memory usage via Windows Task Manager. Each browser clears all history records (Temporary Files) before carrying out the test.
Home Page: http://www.ask.com/
Result of starting browser:
App Name Action Memory Usage(k bytes) -------- ------ --------------------- Avant Start Browser 68,384 ----- ------------- ------ IE Start Browser 124,284 --- ------------- ------- Chrome Start Browser 110,864 ------ ------------- ------- Firefox Start Browser 68,884 ------- ------------- ------
Chart 1: Contrast of starting browser http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/1.jpg
IE takes a relatively high memory; Comparatively Avant Browser and Firefox both use less memory.
Web pages in first group:
Result of first group:
App Name Action Memory Usage(k bytes) ======== Avant Open pages 130,944 Close pages 60,608 IE Open pages 265,568 Close pages 201,104 Chrome Open pages 193,660 Close pages 108,536 =========== ======= Firefox Open pages 112,312 Close pages 87,692 =========== ======
Chart 2: Result of the first group http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/2.jpg
Chart 2 shows both Avant browser and Firefox taking less memory comparing with Chrome and IE in opening pages; however, Avant Browser exceeds Firefox by freeing up more memory space after closing pages.
Web pages in second group:
Result of second group:
App Name Action Memory Usage (k bytes) ======== Avant Open pages 115,072 Close pages 72,340 IE Open pages 276,264 Close pages 220,568 Chrome Open pages 267,676 Close pages 120,756 =========== ======= Firefox Open pages 118,024 Close pages 100,608 =========== =======
Chart 3: Result of second group http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/3.jpg
Avant browser uses the least memory in both opening and closing pages. Firefox comes in second in saving memory but still shows poor capability in releasing memory. IE and Chrome apparently take more memory after opening pages but Chrome is excellent in freeing up memory space after closing pages.
Web pages in third group:
Result of third group
App Name Action Memory Usage (k bytes) ======== Avant Open pages 149,652 Close pages 67,988 IE Open pages 348,196 Close pages 265,412 Chrome Open pages 308,448 Close pages 127,100 =========== ======= Firefox Open pages 137,404 Close pages 103,272 =========== =======
Chart 4: Result of third group http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/4.jpg
Until now, IE’s memory usage remains stubbornly high while Chrome’s drops compared with the first two groups. Firefox doesn’t show any significant improvement in memory releasing. Avant Browser maintains the edge with the lowest memory usage.
Web pages in fourth group:
Result of fourth group:
App Name Action Memory Usage(k bytes) ======== Avant Open pages 148,828 Close pages 63,292 IE Open pages 344,828 Close pages 270,440 Chrome Open pages 340,028 Close pages 121,260 =========== ======= Firefox Open pages 143,680 Close pages 112,736 =========== =======
Chart 5: Result of fourth group http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/5.jpg
Avant Browser still maintains the edge with the lowest memory usage. Firefox’s memory usage has increased a little after closing pages compared with the testing result of the third group and it opens pages less fluently than before. Despite the high memory usage in opening pages Chrome frees up most memory space after closing pages.
Web pages in fifth group:
Result of fifth group:
App Name Action Memory Usage(k bytes) ======== Avant Open pages 174,252 Close pages 59,328 IE Open pages 407,000 Close pages 230,772 Chrome Open pages 281,904 Close pages 131,108 =========== ======= Firefox Open pages 155,212 Close pages 121,964 =========== =======
Chart 6: Result of fifth group http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/6.jpg
Comparison of all groups: http://www.avantbrowser.com/PRImages/7.jpg
After several groups of testing, Avant Browser proudly stands out from the crowd due to its lowest memory usage even after a long-time use, and impressively it releases resource extremely thoroughly after closing pages. Following Avant Browser, Firefox is the second memory saving browser but its capability in releasing memory is disappointing. Chrome behaves great in releasing RAM but apparently it consumes much more memory whether before or after closing pages. High memory usage becomes its weakness.
Are you dying for a most memory friendly browser? Avant Browser is your best choice.
SOURCE Avant Force