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Having been a diehard Firefox user for many years, I've recently taken a liking to Chrome. With some of the extensions available for it, I've been able to tweak Chome into being the functional equivalent of Firefox, but with the performance of Safari. Even though I've gone through periods where I've tried to cope with using Safari, I find the overall experience to be less than satisfying.

Chrome seems to be the best balance for me in terms of features and performance, but there's still one niggling trait that I can't seem to work around - power efficiency. Even while using sites like Mac-Forums, which don't require any heavy lifting like Flash-based video or anything that would require GPU acceleration, Chrome just seems to require much more power - my battery runtime is immediately cut in half compared to operating under Firefox or Safari.

I do use GfxCardStatus to force the GPU setting of my MacBook Pro into "integrated only", but it doesn't significantly change this behavior. Even shutting down all of Chrome's GPU acceleration doesn't change it. My MBP heats up and I can see significant decreases in runtime just by opening Chrome.

I don't know if this is a bug or something that can be tweaked, but I figured I'd open a discussion and see what others' experiences have been like.

So, for any of you running Chrome as your primary browser - have you noticed the same?

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