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Chrome is arguably the fastest performing browser available today, but that goodness comes at a cost It's Time To Break Up With Google Chrome It's Time To Break Up With Google Chrome As a big fan of Google Chrome for a long time, I finally decided it was time for us to break up. It came down to overall performance, customization, and extensions. Read More . In order to be that fast, it has to use more CPU than other browsers are willing to use — and more CPU usage means more battery drainage.

That’s just one of the many reasons not to use Chrome on a MacBook 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome on a MacBook 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome on a MacBook Chrome is, for many people, the first thing installed on a new Macbook. It makes sense: in its early days Chrome gained a reputation for being lightweight and fast. Read More . Its heavy dependence on CPU means that it can impact the performance of other applications and cause your fans to be louder as they try to expel the extra heat. But what can you do?

1. Keep fewer tabs open. In Chrome, every additional tab is another process on your system, which means that each open tab increases the burden on your CPU. Tabs that are heavy on JavaScript and/or Flash elements are particularly bad.

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2. Remove unnecessary extensions. If your Chrome is experiencing unusually high CPU usage, the usual culprit is an extension gone amok. One of your extensions might be poorly coded, or it might just have a bug, but in either case, you should remove them one by one to see if it helps.

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Note that an extension could use CPU even when disabled, so we recommend actually removing them to make sure.

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3. Disable hardware acceleration. The hardware acceleration setting allows Chrome to share heavy processing loads between your CPU and your GPU, but it doesn’t always work well. In fact, sometimes it causes Chrome to use more CPU. Try disabling it and seeing if that helps.

High CPU usage could be the last straw that finally drives you away from Chrome Don't Give Up on Chrome Until You've Done This First Don't Give Up on Chrome Until You've Done This First If you're contemplating ditching Chrome and switching to Internet Explorer or Firefox, I can relate. Some solutions did help improve Chrome a little, but there was only one thing that fixed the problem. Read More . If these tips don’t help, it might be time for you to consider switching browsers.

Do you have any other tips for reducing Chrome CPU usage? Please let us know in the comments below!

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