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Chrome is now the fastest web browser for M1 Macs

This information comes from Google, so take it with a grain of salt.

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Mac users – you’ll want to hear this. Google says that version M99 of Chrome runs faster than Safari does. Google credits this with improvements it made to JavaScript and graphics rendering, with a net 43-percent boost since the M1-version of Chrome was launched.

Chrome M99 spanked the competition using Apple’s own Speedometer web benchmark. It got a score of 300 using a ten-core M1 Max chip inside a 64GB MacBook Pro. That benchmark simulates using various web apps inside a browser, testing for responsiveness.

I ran the same test on my i9-9900K-powered desktop, using Chrome M99, and got a paltry score of 181. That’s a huge performance difference and is perhaps more testament to Apple’s engineering teams that worked on the M1 chips.

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If you want to run the test on your own machine, make sure to turn off all extensions and we found more accurate results in Incognito mode.

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Google says its recent improvements mean that its browser is seven percent faster than Safari. What they don’t mention is resource use, as the most common complaint against Chrome is that it is RAM-hungry.

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Sure, some of that is on the webpage developers cramming in loads of scripts and features. Gone are the days of lightweight websites, and thankfully, so are the days of computers running out of RAM easily.

Our take on this benchmark-breaking feat by Chrome? Does it really matter? I mean, you should use the browser that gives you the features you want, and that renders the websites you visit often properly.

That could be Chrome, or it could be Safari, Brave, Firefox, or any of the smaller market-share browsers. You do you, boo.

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