TekGoblin: Firefox 7 Review And Benchmark


This week Mozilla released Firefox 7, touting increases in HTML5 standards compliance as well as reduced system memory requirements. I downloaded it to try it out, and for the most part things are as advertised.

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Speed-Racer4617d ago

FF7 is a bloody train wreck. Crashed me PC several times, and I run a decent rig... saw many instances of similar occurrences on the Mozilla forums.

mjurek4616d ago

I haven't seen any crashes and it still seems to suck up memory.

Peaceful_Jelly4616d ago

Chrome uses like twice the memory of FF and nobody says anything. Why?

mjurek4616d ago

Yeah I never understood that, Chrome spawns multiple processes for no reason at all!

Baka-akaB4616d ago

there is a huge difference between multiprocessing , and silply having an insane memory leak

kaveti66164616d ago

It runs a new process for every tab so that when one tab crashes the entire browser doesn't crash.

Just because you don't know why something happens, don't say that it happens for no reason, please.

TheIneffableBob4615d ago

Chrome taking up a lot of memory doesn't really bother me. It's pretty stable and it spawns multiple processes so that if a tab crashes, the entire browser doesn't. RAM is dirt cheap nowadays and computers have tons of it.

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Shackdaddy8364616d ago

Just switched from chrome to opera and it's amazing. I didn't know any web browser could be better than chrome but I was dead wrong. You should try opera out...

Sahil4616d ago

I've tried Opera.. not really impressed with the speed.

mjurek4616d ago

I just tried opera, further tests are needed :)

Sahil4616d ago

my brother did a clean install of FF 7 the other day. It used more memory on 2 different computers than previous versions, coming in at 400mb - 500mb and would severely slowdown or lock up after a few hours.

Speed-Racer4616d ago

Mine floats around 300-400MB but on a bad day, it could go up to 3GB :/

Sahil4616d ago

They HAVE to let the browser eat more RAM to make it faster. The competition is fierce these days and nobody wants to use a slug!

zero_cool4616d ago

Well im using the latest version of opera & it runs fine 90% of the time with minimal issues & rarely crashes on me.I had more issues & crashes with Internet explorer,chrome & fire fox then i have had with opera thus far.

ssb31734615d ago

Just got Firefox 7 and it is an absolute pain so far, it had frozen my computer uncountable times and is far slower than previous ones... I should have stuck to 3.6


What's in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 73 adds to usability and accessibility options

Firefox 73 is a minor update that highlights Mozilla's decision to speed up the browser's release schedule.

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Mashable Review: Firefox 7 Is Here

Mashable: "Mozilla’s rapid release schedule for Firefox continues with the arrival of Firefox 7 for Mac, Windows and Linux.

Firefox 7 comes less than six weeks after the release of Firefox 6. Mozilla moved to a more rapid release cycle with a more streamlined, frequent and incremental upgrade cycle a la Google’s Chrome browser, after Firefox 4 launched back in March.

As a result, most of the changes have taken place under the hood. Mozilla boasts that Firefox 7 uses less memory and performs faster."

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Prophet-Gamer4618d ago

Why are Firfox updates coming out so fast? Weren't we on like 3 a few months ago? At this rate we'll be on Firefox 20 by next year.


Firefox 7 Beta Released

Only days after Mozilla released Firefox 6, the beta version of Firefox 7 has been released, keeping Mozilla in the browser sprint currently in progress.

halocursed4657d ago

Next week - Firefox 8 now available download. sigh

GrumpyVeteran4656d ago

You can already download Firefox 8. It's in alpha, I guess, it's codenamed Aurora.

Infact, if you've got one of those SVN downloader things, you can already download FF9 from a repository.

dude_meister4656d ago

Yeh, they are releasing them too quick now. I know they are trying to be like chrome, but you can't just jump from having like 1 release a year to having 5 or 6.

gazerino4656d ago

is it me or is there a major release of firefox each month now!!

noprin4656d ago

Its good to see them working to improve it all the time

smurfz4656d ago

They need to slow it down a little bit to allow developers time to upgrade their toolbars. I've been waiting over a week now for a working version of SEOMoz.

webaddict4656d ago

I'm tired of all these updates... seriously. It's as annoying as Adobe updates now.