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Old 15. Jun 2013, 09:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Look at the picture to see what an old fashioned browser (with Tabs under the address bar) looks like.
I like the tabs under the address bar.
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Old 15. Jun 2013, 10:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I thought I saw/found a add-on or maybe it was a chrome based browser wit the tabs under the address bar ??

Found It... It's World Chrome

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Old 16. Jun 2013, 06:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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However, if you have low-memory computer, or a 32-bit OS (practically everyone with Windows XP), you might consider this:

A correction here. Memory consumption (usage) and Memory management are 2 totally different concepts. The tests here was conducted on Win7 and Win8 only.

Chrome (&IE10) is the best browser when it comes to memory management, but in terms of memory consumption it's the worst.

The tests here correspond to only Win7 and Win8 systems with enough RAM available. It doesn't take into account WinXP. Firefox is nearly unusable on a low-end system, while Opera runs really light even when you have more than 10 tabs open.

When you're using a system that you've bought recently, memory usage tests are to be taken with a grain of salt, memory management is what should be considered.
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the test also doesn't account for my 20-30 addons in firefox either :P

But yes, I agree with George in that the test is biased, if not done purposely...
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Firefox is nearly unusable on a low-end system, while Opera runs really light even when you have more than 10 tabs open.
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What is considered to be a low-end system today?
I have Firefox (with 29 add-ons, Flash & Unity3D plugins, full theme, a number of userscripts & userstyles and thousands of bookmarks) installed on my 10 yrs old WinXP system (P4 2.80GHz & 1.5GB RAM) and it runs just fine with 0.5GB - 0.6GB being the roof on memory consumption, even when left running for 3-5 days in a row with multiple tabs loaded.

I also have SWare Iron and Opera (plus some others) on that system, but as Anupam said, I never really felt that any of the two is that much lighter than Firefox.

I prefer Firefox for the control I have, i.e. the freedom and choices re: customization (and thus functionality) through prefs.js & user.js, add-ons and userscripts. IMHO, the above two browsers are more limited in those aspects due to their fixed/ build-in/ out-of-the-box development approach. And when it comes to add-ons, there seem to be many choices re: social and other useless to me features but quite limited ones re: functionality, not to mention that they're not as actively supported as the ones for Firefox - and that's especially true for Opera.

If that 10 yrs old system of mine can handle Firefox well, I see no reason to use any other as my main browser on my newer, more powerful Win7 system (i3-2130 3.40GHz & 8GB RAM).

Just my two cents...
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What is considered to be a low-end system today?
Just my two cents...
One that is limited by memory (available RAM) and having an old processor. In short a computer running WinXP or below on a Pentium 4 or below processor and having RAM less than 512MB. A good percentage of people still use machines having this config.
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What is considered to be a low-end system today?
I would expect Firefox to work better than Chrome on a machine with just 1 or 2GB of RAM, just considering Chrome's vs. Firefox's memory usage (and that Windows XP really needs about GB for itself, if not kept lean). If someone says Firefox doesn't work well on a low-end machine, I wouldn't know why.
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One that is limited by memory (available RAM) and having an old processor. In short a computer running WinXP or below on a Pentium 4 or below processor and having RAM less than 512MB. A good percentage of people still use machines having this config.
I have run Firefox on my old box with P-III and 512 MB RAM. It used to run quite well, considering the configuration. The system did slow up a bit, but its expected from a PC with that configuration running a modern browser.

I didn't try any other browser, but I think browsers like Chrome would use more memory than Firefox, and will run heavy. If Firefox will run heavy, any browser will... that's my opinion, and guess.

I haven't tried any other light weight browsers like Qupzilla, SlimBoat etc though. So, I can't say how they might perform.

Anything less than 512MB and the system itself would crawl, so you can't expect just any modern day browser to run light on it.

Incidentally, a RAM of the same system got bad, and its now left with 256 MB only. It's now crawling itself... so I can't expect any browser to perform well on it.

Which browsers have you used on such system GJ, and what are your findings?

My findings are same as 26Dolphins on a P-IV system with 1 GB of RAM.
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I've been all around the houses and I'm pretty sure I've tried all of the available browsers at one time or another. But always, I end up back with Firefox. Or rather, Ice Dragon now but the same difference. (I tried Dragon this week but it seems very buggy in W7 x64 and on both my PCs has a very annoying tendency of choosing some random keyboard layout for no apparent reason).

I know there are faster browsers, but the number of brilliant add-ons that you can add to Firefox make it the winner for me, it just makes the whole experience of using the internet so much more comfortable and enjoyable :-)

So for working/surfing all day it has to be Mozilla for me.

As a secondary browser my favourite at the moment is Maxthon 4. I like this because it's pretty fast and light, has cloud syncing and a nice video ripper, and best of all can create SSBs which I use a lot for Gmail and various other websites that I like to have open a lot.

I guess a good analogy might be transport. Ice Dragon is my comfortable luxury vehicle which I like for long journeys and when I know I'm going to be travelling a lot. Maxthon on the other hand is just very handy if I want to nip to the shops.
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I have run Firefox on my old box with P-III and 512 MB RAM. It used to run quite well, considering the configuration. The system did slow up a bit, but its expected from a PC with that configuration running a modern browser.

I didn't try any other browser, but I think browsers like Chrome would use more memory than Firefox, and will run heavy. If Firefox will run heavy, any browser will... that's my opinion, and guess.

I haven't tried any other light weight browsers like Qupzilla, SlimBoat etc though. So, I can't say how they might perform.

Anything less than 512MB and the system itself would crawl, so you can't expect just any modern day browser to run light on it.

Incidentally, a RAM of the same system got bad, and its now left with 256 MB only. It's now crawling itself... so I can't expect any browser to perform well on it.

Which browsers have you used on such system GJ, and what are your findings?

My findings are same as 26Dolphins on a P-IV system with 1 GB of RAM.
Lightweight Browsers

The tests that I had done for finding lightweight browsers was performed on my Pentium IV, 256MB RAM system running on WinXP. Well, I no longer have the system for the past 6 months, since I bought a new one, so the review process has been stalled. Lightweight browsers are to be considered only if someone still has a low-end system with meagre RAM.

I have nearly ordered the browsers in the review based on RAM usage/CPU usage giving 50:50 weightage to both. While Firefox was nearly unusable after 3 tabs, Opera ran fine even with 8 tabs running atmost, Chrome was the fastest to startup and ran fine until 6 tabs and memory usage increased exponentially but decreased in the same way after closing the tabs, unlike other bowsers. So as far as memory efficiency is concerned, you can still run Chrome with many tabs provided you close them after usage. But none of these major browsers performed as well as the browsers listed in the review.
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