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I have the issue that when I have a lot of tabs open, switching to a new tab will cause a long delay in page loading, making the application pretty hard to use.

I do have 4GB of ram, however Chrome seems to reach this level quite often - is there anything I can do - other than controlling the amount of tabs I have open - to address this and the tab delays that it causes?

Would buying a SSD help my cause? Currently Chrome is installed on a 7200 rpm hard-drive.

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Given that Chrome 6 is beta software you should expect some performance issues like this. Report it to the development team, but they are probably aware of the issue. – ChrisF Jul 22 '10 at 11:44
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First, check to see if there's anything that's obviously gobbling up all your RAM. Press Shift+Esc to bring up the Chrome task manager, and sort by memory usage, then by CPU utilization. You'll probably see just a couple processes that ran away with all your system resources. You can try to kill the hogs to speed things up again. Also, try uninstalling Flash or get something like FlashBlock, which prevents Flash applets from running unless you click on them to activate them.

The SSD will only help if you put your Windows page file on it. It's probably not the best use of an SSD, since paging (i.e., lots of writes) will shorten the life of the drive, but in real-world terms, the drive may last long enough to last until you get a new computer. If you store files on the drive in addition to using it as a paging volume, the wear-leveling algorithms won't be as effective, so I'd just recommend using drive exclusively for paging and caching.

If you think it's primarily a hardware limitation, you're probably better off upgrading to 6 or 8 GB of RAM, assuming you're running a 64-bit OS and your motherboard has free RAM slots and/or supports higher-capacity modules.

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