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Chrome vs. Edge vs. Firefox: Browsers Performance Review

To understand the best-performance browser, we have stress-tested your favorite web browser, Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Edge, on the same conditions on a Windows PC.

The web browser is often referred to as a hardware resource-hungry app. We have tested popular web browsers, Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox vs. Microsoft Edge, against each other under similar conditions to understand the best and smoothest browser.

The browser stress test results are compared to identify the best.

Chrome vs. Edge vs. Mozilla Firefox: Browser Performance

Our Browser Testing Environment

The test was conducted on a Windows 11 OS, and only two apps were running- the test browser and the Task Manager. Moreover, all three browsers except third-party extensions were set to their default configurations.

With that said, each of these browsers underwent four different tests, namely:

  • When no tabs were running in the browser.
  • Incognito/Private Mode browsing session with all the extensions disabled.
  • When five tabs were running (same across all three browsers).
  • When 20 tabs were running (same across all three browsers).

We then judged them on the CPU Usage and Memory Consumption data taken from the Performance tab of the Task Manager.

So what were the results, and who came out on top in all these four tests? Well, without any further ado, let’s check it out.

Google Chrome Performance Results

Here are the results of the performance that we carried out on the Chrome browser.

No Tabs Opened

When we opened no tabs in the Chrome browser, the CPU usage was around 4-5%, whereas the Memory consumption clock at 62%

Google Chrome Performance with No Tabs Opened

Incognito Mode

Using the browser in an Incognito Mode resulted in CPU Usage of 3-4%, whereas the memory usage percentage was 62.

Chrome Performance with incognito mode active

Running Five Tabs

When we opened five different tabs concurrently, CPU usage and memory increased slightly. The former was 5%, whereas the latter was 70%.

Chrome Performance with 5 tabs running

Running Twenty Tabs

Running twenty different tabs at once was enough to push the CPU Usage to 12-14%, and the Memory consumption increased all the easy up to 92%.

Chrome Performance with 20 tabs running

Chrome Performance Results

Following are the results data for four tests performed on Google Chrome:

Chrome Running No Tabs Incognito 5 Tabs 20 Tabs
CPU Usage (%) 4-5 3-4 5 12-14
Memory (%) 62 62 70 92

Microsoft Edge Performance Results

Here’s how the Chromium build of the Microsoft Edge browser performed across the four tests we conducted.

No Tabs Opened

When the Edge browser had no opened tabs, the CPU Usage was a meager 3-4%. Likewise, the Memory percentage was also considerably lower, i.e., 68%.

Edge Performance with no tabs running

InPrivate Mode

Using Edge in its Private Mode gave similar results as when no tabs were running. CPU usage stood at 3%, and Memory consumption was 68%.

Microsoft Edge Performance with inPrivate tab running

Running Five Tabs

When we ran five tabs at once, there wasn’t much increase in CPU usage; it oscillated between 4 to 6%. However, the Memory consumption was somewhat higher, at 85%.

Edge Performance with 5 tabs running

Running Twenty Tabs

The browser recorded increased CPU and Memory consumption when 20 tabs were running together after a rigorous test. The former was found to have values between 7 to 10 %, whereas the latter was close to touching 90%.

Edge Performance with 20 running tabs

Edge Performance Results

Following are the results data for four tests performed on Microsoft Edge:

Microsoft Edge No Tabs Private 5 Tabs 20 Tabs
CPU Usage (%) 3-4 3 4-6 7-10
Memory (%) 68 68 85 89

Mozilla Firefox Performance Results

The privacy-enriched Firefox was also put to the same tests as the other two, and here are its results.

No Tabs Running

When Firefox wasn’t running any tabs, it didn’t consume many system resources. We found it to have around 3% CPU Usage and just 63% memory consumption.

Firefox Browser Performance with no tabs running

Private Mode

Running Firefox in the Private Browser window gave a mixed result (compared to our earlier No Tabs Running test). While the CPU usage was around the expected 3-4% lines, the memory utilization slightly increased to 67. It was even when all the extensions stood disabled.

Firefox Performance in Private Browsing mode

Running Five Tabs

There wasn’t much increase in CPU Usage when the browser had five tabs running simultaneously. However, Memory consumption increased by 10% (from 63 to 73) compared to when the browser had no opened tabs.

Firefox Performance with 5 tabs running

Running Twenty Tabs

When the number of tabs increased to 20, so did the CPU and the Memory Usage. While the former spiked up to 10%, the latter also achieved a higher 90% value.

Firefox browser performance with 20 running tabs

Edge Performance Results

Following are the results data for four tests performed on Mozilla Firefox:

Firefox Running No Tabs Private 5 Tabs 20 Tabs
CPU Usage (%) 3 3-4 3-4 7-10
Memory (%) 63 67 73 90

Our Test Results Comparison

The data of all four tests performed on Chrome, Edge, and Firefox made for some pretty interesting observations. Let’s dive deep into the results of all these four tests and see what they have in store for us.

Chrome No Tabs Incognito 5 Tabs 20 Tabs
CPU Usage (%) 4-5 3-4 5 12-14
Memory (%) 62 62 70 92
Edge No Tabs Private 5 Tabs 20 Tabs
CPU Usage (%) 3-4 3 4-6 7-10
Memory (%) 68 68 85 89
Firefox No Tabs Private 5 Tabs 20 Tabs
CPU Usage (%) 3 3-4 3-4 7-10
Memory (%) 63 67 73 90

When we opened no tabs in the first test, the CPU usage was the maximum in Chrome, but only by minuscule margins. However, it consumed the least resources in the Memory domain, with Firefox occupying the second spot and Edge coming at a distant third.

Next up, in the Private/Incognito Mode, all three browsers had around 3-4% CPU Usage. Still, Chrome again came out with flying colors in memory consumption, with 62% instead of approximately 67% for the other two.

When we had five tabs running, the browser from Google outdid its competitor in the Memory Usage section. Whereas Edge had clocked over 85%, Firefox was around 73%, and Chrome touched 70%. Firefox sneaked in front of Chrome in the CPU Usage test, and Edge again had to settle for the last spot.

But when we tested the three browsers to the extreme, Microsoft could finally taste the winner’s medal, but only by a whisker.

Edge and Firefox had similar CPU usage results (7-10%), but it ‘edged’ out its counterpart by a single percent and Chrome by a comfortable 3% margin.

Bottom Line

Going through all the numbers, we might soon put the myth that Chrome is the most resource-hungry browser to rest. The numbers don’t lie, so it should be an easy decision to crown as the ultimate Chrome of this performance review test.

But before you ditch the Edge or Firefox browser for Chrome, remember a few things.

First, the test was conducted in an experimental environment with only two apps running. However, there might be many instances when multiple apps run concurrently on your PC. And in those scenarios, the results might be slightly different. Well, we tried that as well.

In that case, it was a near-impossible task to switch to another app in Chrome (especially when it had 20 tabs opened). However, Edge did it quickly, and Firefox didn’t cause much of an issue.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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