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This is to collect the UI performance experiences we have with browsers in OS X. I don't care about the benchmarks I care about how fast the UI responds to the user's actions.

I have come to the following conclusions:

  • Chrome tab switching is the fastest.
  • Safari sometimes is unresponsive (shows the waiting cursor) even for simple HTML pages with out having a lot of tabs open. This has never happened in Chrome.
  • Safari's Javascript Cancvas drawing is the fastest.
  • Safari's location bar recommendations is the fastest.

I expect your own observations.

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this is a question that can't really have an "answer", or even several excellent opionions! browsers are always changing and every user uses them differently! –  Sebastian Good Dec 2 '10 at 18:39
    
but I think it's a good question and not ranked as subjective. –  Am1rr3zA Dec 2 '10 at 18:43
    
Maybe it could be a Community Wiki where we add information as the time passes. –  Martín Marconcini Dec 2 '10 at 23:49
    
Seriously, it's a matter of RAM. Get more RAM and you will see dramatic improvements concerning responsiveness when many tabs are open simultaneously. You need at least 4GB. I had 2GB and was frustrated like you and upped to 8GB and it's like night and day. Looking at Activity Monitor, I was ALWAYS using all 2GB and now that I have 8GB, I find that I'm usually using 3-5GB. So I recommend 4GB or, if you can afford it, 8GB. Anything more is overkill though. Got 8GB from Amazon for $130, by the way. –  Randy6T9 Feb 2 '11 at 22:09
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Lifehacker actually did an article on this with hard data:

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