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Firefox Real Memory Safari Real Memory
Step 1 34.21 12.99
Step 2 35.94 19.66
Step 3 41.18 22.33
Step 4 53.77 31.59
Step 5 62.18 40.54
Step 6 64.70 44.57
Step 7 81.39 64.81
Firefox Virtual Memory Safari Virtual Memory
Step 1 212.77 191.68
Step 2 224.13 197.25
Step 3 322.53 209.31
Step 4 337.60 216.66
Step 5 348.00 225.68
Step 6 260.37 221.60
Step 7 227.04 240.74

Step 1

Open the web browser with no default homepage set.

Record memory usage.

Step 2

Browse to http://google.com/.

Record memory usage.

Step 3

Open a new tab, use it to browse to http://daringfireball.net.

Record memory usage.

Step 4

Open a third tab, use it to browse to http://maps.google.com.

Record memory usage.

Step 5

Enter “Portland, OR” in the Google Maps search field.

Click Search Maps.

Use the slider to zoom in as close as possible.

Record memory usage.

Step 6

Open a new browser window (while leaving the old one open)

Browse to http://zeldman.com

Record memory usage.

Step 7

Open a second tab in the new browser window, use it to browse to http://alanstorm.com.

Record memory usage.


Originally published November 23, 2006