Anyone else fallen out with Google lately...

  mooly 22 Jul 11
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The latest Google Doodle seems to be yet another CPU draining animation. Yes it's clever... and I believe it showcases HTML5 but 40 to 60% CPU useage (AMD Turion64) just to have the Google home page as an open tab.

Do a Google search for "Google doodles high cpu" and you'll get the picture.

I defected to Bing a couple of weeks ago and tbh find I am preferring it. Seriously considering binning Google altogether.

  Forum Editor 22 Jul 11

"Seriously considering binning Google altogether."

'Cutting off your nose to spite your face' seems to be an appropriate response to that.

I have the Google homepage open now, and total CPU usage is running at 8%

  mooly 22 Jul 11

Just tried again with only one tab open at once...

Bing 1 to 4% useage.

Google 50% usage. Sometimes as high as 75% sometimes as low as 45%.

On a laptop (like mine) that would make a huge difference to battery life. The fan is on most of the time at that. With Bing it doesn't come on at all.

  interzone55 22 Jul 11

mooly

Let me guess, you're using an elderly version of Internet Explorer

If you use a new version of IE or Chrome then there's built in code to help render these animations.

My 5 year old dual-core Toshiba laptop was only showing 6% usage on the Google homepage whilst manipulating the animation

  mooly 22 Jul 11

I'm using IE9 and Vista. All patched and fully up to date. The laptop is 4.5 yrs old Acer Aspire with AMD Turion 64 and 2GB RAM.

I don't even have to set the animation off, just open the homepage.

  wiz-king 22 Jul 11

It's an animation? Not here it's not, just a small 3.5kb png file.

  AroundAgain 22 Jul 11

On my screen, the larger of the blue 'leaves', ie on the left, very slowly move round a bit, then back. Or is it my imagination ???

I don't know how to find the size of the image.

Running Win XP and Firefox

  interzone55 22 Jul 11

mooly

Try Chrome, it runs like a dream

  canarieslover 22 Jul 11

Using Chrome the Google home page with the 'mobile' that has been created takes about 4% of processor.

  mooly 23 Jul 11

Thanks folks... of course its gone this morning so 'till the next time.

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