Google Chrome Rejects Microsoft Edge Browser Memory Management And Reduction Feature Citing Negative Impact On CPU Performance

Google has apparently rejected an important feature that could potentially reduce RAM usage of the Chrome web browser. Microsoft had initially developed the feature and had claimed the same could bring down memory consumption of Edge as well as Chrome web browser. However, Google claims the feature negatively impacts CPU performance and increases processor energy consumption.

Google has decided to deactivate an important feature meant to reduce RAM consumption and excessive memory usage of Google Chrome. The feature was originally developed by Microsoft for its own Edge browser. The feature will remain disabled for the Google Chrome web browser for Windows 10 OS.

Google Will Not Activate Feature That Promises To Reduce RAM Usage In Chrome Web Browser:

Google Chrome has always been considered a resource-hungry web browser. Several reports claim Chrome eats RAM excessively, which can have a negative impact on both the system and battery performance.

Meanwhile, Microsoft had abandoned its own proprietary Edge browser and redesigned the new Edge browser on Chromium Engine. The Google-designed Chromium base drives the Chrome web browser. In the last few months, Microsoft claimed it had developed a special feature that tackled the core issue of excessive consumption of RAM. The Windows 10 OS maker claimed it provided an innovation for Windows 10 that should help all browsers based on the Chromium open source project, including Google Chrome, with the issue.

The solution developed by Microsoft uses a new segmented data structure for the memory management of Win32 programs. The feature was introduced with the May 2020 update (version 2004) for Windows 10. Microsoft claims the feature managed to achieve a 27 percent reduction for the new Chromium-based Edge web browser. Needless to add, this is a substantial improvement.

Google had initially decided to also use this innovation for its own Chrome browser. However, an Intel engineer uncovered worrying consequences to Microsoft’s feature deployment earlier this month.

Microsoft’s RAM Usage Reduction Method Negatively Impacts CPU Performance And Causes Heating Issue?

Apparently, Chrome’s changed memory management under Windows 10 leads to a significant deterioration in the performance of PCs. Multiple browser tests such as Speedometer 2.0, WebXPRT3, and JetStream2 reportedly indicate CPU performance was reduced by up to 10 percent, and the processor’s energy consumption increased by up to 13 percent.

Google has indicated the cost of CPU performance as “too high” to continue using this form of optimization in the browser. Hence, based on the findings, Google will deactivate the new RAM management under Windows 10 with the upcoming Chrome version 85. Incidentally, Google has indicated that the deactivation is only temporary, and the new feature for more efficient memory management under Chrome is under development. However, there’s no timeline for the release of the optimized feature to reduce RAM usage of Google Chrome.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.