Google Chrome RAM Hog

Google Chrome RAM Hog

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Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 05:41AM EDT by Y F.

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Google Chome RAM Hog refers to a series of jokes and memes about the high amount of computer memory needed by the internet browser Google Chrome.


On September 2, 2008, Google released its Google Chrome web browser. About four years later, in 2012, MemeCenter[1] user welsen posted a Y U NO meme about Chrome's RAM usage (shown below). The post received more than 360 likes in seven years.

Chrom.. Y UNO USE LESS MEMORY PPPPPI Because f--- you that's why


Three years later, on March 25th, 2015, Redditor [2] CinnamonToesCrunch posted a variation in which a character labeled with the Chrome logo slowly eats a person labeled "RAM." The post received more than 25,000 points (93% upvoted) and 2,000 in four years comments (shown below, left).

The following month, Redditor[3] GallowBoob posted a GIF of Chrome that parodies the video game Pac-Man in which the Chrome logo eats RAM cards. The post recieved more than 8,700 points (92% upvoted) and 1,400 comments in four years (shown below, center).

On June 7th, 2019, Facebook [4] user Mustafa Amer‎ posted a variation of the Finally, Some Good Fucking Food meme, joking about the high levels of RAM in the Mac Pro. The post received more than 160 comments (shown below, right).

RAM RAM 0.3% 1,984.0 MB 0 MI Google Chrome (32 bit) L 1.5TB RAM delicious Finally, some good f------ food ane

Various Examples

Johnny, Johnny Yes, Papa? Eating RAM again? No, Papa Telling lies again? No, Papa. 24% Googe C( Open your mouth How Chrome sees RAM memory When your parents ask where all the ram went.
I'm not gonna kill you I'm gonna hurt you Really...Really...Bad 188 RCE "mmmm.. 64gb of ram Its dinner time, hes so excited!

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External References

[1] MemeCenter – Google Chrome

[2] Reddit – /r/funny

[3] Reddit – /r/pcmasterrace

[4] Facebook – Simpsons Shitposting

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Might be important to note why Chrome uses up so much RAM.

Unlike other browsers, Chrome runs each open tab in each window as a separate process, rather than running every window and tab under a single one. Because of this, Chrome is able to keep itself from crashing should a problem occur with one given tab; you instead get that "oops" error page with the dead folder icon. However, this unorthodox method also requires a lot more RAM compared to the conventional method of running the entire browser under a single process, as the computer has to work with a much higher number of programs running at once.

Thus, the very thing that gives Chrome a performance advantage over other browsers is also what gives it its greatest drawback.


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