Ok, i’m not trying to start the holy browserwars here. I’ve just been really unhappy with most browsers for months and wanted to get some input from you guys.
I’ll try to keep this as focused as possible. So
- I don’t care for resource usage. I know the web takes RAM. My work machine has 16G of it and all Browsers i tried got the same hardware.
- I use tabs, deal with it. I tend to have around 10-30 tabs open. What’s the use of a tabbed browser if the only way it performs great is to not use that feature?
- Some site i use Are rather resource intensive. Nagios, Grafana, etc. They all use scripts to display huge amounts of data. Nothing i can do about it.
- I do use some Extensions. Lastpass, uBlock, PrivacyBadger, HTTPS Everywhere. Again, it’s a feature i need to use on any browser. Not using extensions is not a solution to those Problems.
The latest Problems where with this very site. I’ve been using Firefox for some time now and was rather happy, but scrolling performance has always been mediocre. The more Tabs are open, the worse it gets. Same for the Chromium Based Edge. Both came to a point where using them for half a day without restart would mean starting to scroll in a thread here would have half a second delay and then be jumpy and not at all smooth.
The same happens on various other sites. It’s just not smooth at all in any Browser. Other than chrome.
I don’t really want to use chrome. It has it’s downsides. But really, when it comes to the simple task of displaying a website and scrolling up and down, it just works like i expect it too.
So, why do even Chromium based Browsers like Edge, Vivaldi or Brave or even chromium itself suffer from really big performance Problems, when chrome doesn’t? I’m starting to see why the average user prefers it over any other option. Again, i’d be fine with my Browser using 8G of Ram to do it’s work. It’s one of two primary software tools i use to do my work. It can have all the resources it wants.
Is there any Browser i havent tried, or should i just suck it up and stay with chrome? I’d personally want to use Firefox, just to work against a Browser Monopoly, but in it’s current state, it’s just unusable for me. Have you had different experiences, or any about:config hacks i should try to mitigate this? Maybe set up a 8G Ramdisk for the Browser?