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Chrome vs. Edge vs. Firefox: Browsers Performance Review

The web browser is often referred to as a hardware resource-hungry app. We have personally tested our popular web browsers Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox vs. Microsoft Edge, against each other under similar conditions to understand the best and smooth browser. The browser stress test results are compared to identify the best.

While there are many browsers to choose from, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox have managed to carve out a rich fanbase for themselves.

If we talk about the offering from Google Chrome, its handy cross-device, and support for numerous extensions and add-ons have made it the go-to choice for many users.

Along the same lines, it has also benefited from the first-move advantage, i.e., being one of the first names to make their entry in this domain. As far as Mozilla Firefox is concerned, it prides itself on being the most secure and private browser out there.

Then Microsoft’s revamped Edge browser offers you all the Chromium features but without being a heavyweight on your system. However, the performance metric for all these three browsers has always been up for debate.

While Chrome is usually documented as the most resource-hungry browser out there, there haven’t been any numbers to justify this claim. Edge has been claimed to be the least resource-hungry browser along the same lines, whereas Firefox occupies a middle ground.

Well, you might have already read these reviews across many different forums, but we decided to put them to the test. This article has performed a detailed performance review based on different parameters for Chrome, Edge, and the Firefox browser.

Browser Testing Environment

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

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

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 recorded at 5%, whereas the latter stood at 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

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 didn’t have any opened tabs, the CPU Usage was a meager 3-4%. Likewise, the Memory percentage was also on the considerably lower side, 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

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 at once. However, Memory consumption increased by 10% (from 63 to 73) compared to when the browser didn’t have any 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

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.

Both 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: Best Browser Performance

Going through all the numbers, we might soon put the myth that Chrome is the most resource-hungry browser to rest.

Well, 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, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

First, the test was conducted in an experimental environment with only two apps running. However, there might be many instances when you would have multiple apps concurrently running 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. But even then, let’s credit Chrome for performing quite decently in all these four tests.

On that note, we round off this performance review between Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

Were you surprised with the results, and what were your expectations with these browsers in all these four tests? Do let us know your opinions in the comments section below.

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