Google Chrome in Mac is probably the most used app in macOS based devices, and it has a comparatively large number of user base than the default Safari web browser in Macs.
With the new macOS Big Sur update and the transition to the Apple Silicon-based Macs with the M1 chip, the Safari browser has improved significantly in performance, RAM management, and power management.
Apple even claims that Safari is the fastest desktop browser for macOS devices. It loads frequently visited websites up to 50% faster than Chrome and up to 1.5 hours more usage time for video playback and casual browsing compared to Safari and Firefox.
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Suppose you have seen our Performance, RAM management, and stress test videos for the M1 Mac mini 2020. In that case, you can tell that the Safari browser has indeed significantly improved in performance and memory management and loads websites at blazing speeds.
However, not everyone will use Safari, as Google Chrome has many apparent advantages over it, like better customization options, a massive number of free extensions, and other features like syncing across Google apps, tab grouping, etc.
While it is true that you would be much better off using Safari on your macOS device if you want a focussed privacy experience, Chrome does have its fair set of benefits and advantages to ignore it altogether.
Especially now that Google has released an updated version of Google Chrome that is compatible with the latest Apple Silicon-based Macs with the new M1 chip, it would be silly not to give it a try and see how it holds against the fastest desktop browser.
The below video shows in detail how to download and install the latest Silicon-based Google Chrome on your M1 Macbooks or Mac mini and looks at its performance and memory management capabilities by doing a stress test.
Google Chrome Silicon Performance, RAM and stress test in M1 Mac
As you can see from the video above, we have opened 10 YouTube tabs, each of them running a 4K video simultaneously, and Google Chrome seems to be accumulating a little more than 6GB of RAM, which is almost similar to what Safari did in our previous stress test.
However, things get interesting when we take it up a notch by opening several new tabs of different websites without any ad blocking extension installed. To our surprise, Chrome just blazed through all of those without a single sign of slowing down.
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Even with all the websites having many ads in them, some of them with video ads, and with the 10 YouTube tabs streaming a 4K video, Chrome did not struggle at any time, and it opened all the accounts almost instantly.
Google Chrome Silicon Memory Management
Webpages like Gmail, Facebook, and online applications like Canva and many other news sites and blogs were also opened in subsequent tests. The Silicon-based Google Chrome did not seem to slow down and what is more surprising is that the memory management was impressive, as even with all these tabs open and 4K videos running in the background, Chrome managed to keep the RAM occupancy below 7GB.
This is especially surprising because Chrome is known for notoriously consuming a lot of RAM capacity in Windows-based computers. With the new Silicon-based Google Chrome, the story is different, and it seems to be even faster and better at memory management than Apple’s very own Safari browser.
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So, it seems to be that Chrome might as well take the crown from Safari for the fastest desktop browser for macOS. If you follow the best practices and use the right kind of extensions and tools, you might even end up using Chrome without having to compromise too much on your Privacy.
Google Chrome Silicon: What are your thoughts?
The Google Chrome Silicon version seems to be faster and better at memory management than Safari based on our tests.
What do you think about the performance and memory management of the new Silicon-based Google Chrome for the M1 Macs?
Do you think it is better than Safari, and will you switch to Chrome, or are you still going to stick with Safari on your M1 Macbook or Mac mini?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and make sure to follow our YouTube channel for more videos about the M1 Mac mini and other Apple products.