2021-01-21 19:41:01 UTC
have just upgraded to the 88 release in my 14.2-64 system. Although it
works well, I am noticing more and more that Chromium can barely cope
when loading graphics-rich pages in my system.
I noticed it first long ago when trying to play Youtube videos in
Chromium. They play, but they are extremely choppy - almost unwatchable,
really. No such problem when playing them under Firefox though.
My system is not such a puny one. It consists of an 8-core Xeon
E31240 processor at 3 GHz. I have 16 GB RAM, and an NVidia GeForce GT 720
Let me give you an example to assess what I am saying:
The page https://www.micro-pano.com/pearl/index.html gives you
access to a 10 billion pixel scan of a famous Vermeer painting. In this
page you can zoom into the painting to appreciate it in exquisite detail.
When I try to zoom into this painting using Chromium, the browser
slows down to become almost unresponsive, while load in each of the
eight cores of the system shoots up to 100%. If, however, I try do the
same thing under Firefox, everything proceeds without a problem: the
zooming in (and out) operation is smooth, the browser stays responsive,
and the cores load mostly negligible. In this page the painting can be
manipulated in several ways - all of them work smoothly under Firefox,
while Chromium chokes even in the most elementary ones: I did not even
try the 3D features with Chromium.
Obviously Firefox is using my NVidia card to do the rendering,
while Chromium is attempting to do everything in software, thus almost
bringing the system down to its knees. Here is the thing though: Brave,
which is based on Chromium, can cope with this page without any problems,
just as Firefox does.
Anybody know what is going on here? How can one get Chromium to
behave like Brave in this sense? Aren't they both based on the same
rendering engine? If Brave can use the underlying graphics hardware, why
not Chromium? Or is it just that I have some assinine setting in my