Chrome takes up a lot of RAM
If you ever run the Task Manager on Windows when Chrome is running, you’ll realize that the browser always creates a lot of tasks and they are always among the “top” tasks that occupy the most RAM. This makes the computer becomes extremely slow.
Why Does Chrome Need A Lot Of RAM?
To understand why Chrome uses so much memory, you also need to know a little about the difference between Chrome and other applications. When you launch any application on Windows, the system will give this application certain resources on the RAM. Then, RAM will act as a temporary data storage. It has very fast access, allowing the CPU to access this data much faster than reloading data from the hard drive.
However, with Chrome is different. Instead of letting the system allocate a certain amount of RAM to use, Chrome requires the system to provide resources for individual tabs and some Chrome data such as plugins, extensions, and so on. That’s why when accessing Task Manager, you will find Chrome has a lot of hidden work while launching a single browser window.
Not only that, the division of resources will also bring some security benefits. However, the allocation of RAM resources to individual tabs will affect other applications quite clearly. Even browsing the web on Google Chrome itself is also difficult.
How To Improve This Situation?
Up to now, there are many ways to speed up and improve Chrome’s RAM, but if you need to free up RAM to run some other Windows tasks, you should use the built-in Task Manager feature on this browser. With the same way that Task Manager runs on Windows, Chrome’s task pane allows users to know the memory usage status of all open tabs and extensions.
To do this, for Windows, do the following:
- Press Shift + Esc (You need the Windows menu to launch this feature if using MacOS).
- In the Task Manager window that appears, Chrome will display active tasks, the amount of RAM used, the CPU usage, bandwidth,…of each task. Here, just click on the process you want to close and click the End process button.
However, improving this situation using this method also means lessening the experience from this browser. Therefore, in case you still feel that something is wrong, you should consider using another browser which takes up less space and fits your needs.