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Which is the More Memory Friendly? Four Browsers’ Memory Footprint Evaluation

August 22, 2011

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.

Tested Browsers:

System: Win7

    App Name       Size     Download Link

     Avant Browser
      build 30      3.20MB   http://www.avantbrowser.com/release/absetup.exe

     IE9            17.8MB   http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/6/D/86DB5DC9-5706
     Firefox 6.0    13.33MB  http://mozilla.mirror.ac.za/firefox/releases/6.0/win32/
      13.0.782.112  22.84MB  http://www.google.com/chrome?hl=en-GB

Testing procedures:

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.

Testing results:

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:

  1. http://www.youtube.com
  2. http://twitter.com/
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/
  4. http://www.tmz.com/
  5. http://download.cnet.com/windows/

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:

  1. http://www.cnn.com/
  2. http://www.flare.com/
  3. http://www.usatoday.com/
  4. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
  5. http://www.songtaste.com/

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:

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/
  2. http://www.elle.com/
  3. http://www.discovery.com/
  4. http://cool.conservation-us.org/
  5. http://www.tucows.com/

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:

  1. http://www.cwtv.com/
  2. http://www.vogue.co.uk/
  3. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/
  4. http://www.brothersoft.com/
  5. http://www.myspace.com/

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:

  1. http://www.cbsnews.com/
  2. http://www.5star-shareware.com/
  3. http://asia.wsj.com/home-page
  4. http://www.gossipnews.com/
  5. http://www.eonline.com/

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

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