VIDEO: How much faster is Chrome 7 to Chrome 6? About 20 fish faster
Google on Monday confirmed that Chrome 7 will feature GPU acceleration, allowing it to pull on your computers graphics chip to speed up the browsing experience.
But what difference does that actually make in the real word? Daniel Cawrey over at thechromesource.com thought the same thing, and so put together a quick video showing the difference between two versions of Chrome - version 6 vs version 7.
The end result is no surprise - Chrome 7 is considerably faster being able to show more fish in the fish tank at any one time.
"Just so that we all know that hardware acceleration in Chrome 7 isn’t some fancy pipe dream, I decided to test it out using Microsoft’s FishIE Tank test which measures the frame rate that a browser can load a tank full of fishes", says Cawrey. "I used the latest beta of Chrome 6 and the latest Canary version of Chrome 7 with the command line switch '–enable-accelerated-compositing' which turns on GPU processing. Neither of the browsers had any extra extensions installed".
Chrome 7 is available in beta for users to try on their own, although it's worth pointing out that it is still an early beta and therefore shouldn't be used for work critical things.
Both Microsoft's IE9 and Mozilla's Firefox 4 are both expected to add GPU acceleration shortly, with Microsoft expected to add the new capability when it launches Internet Explorer 9 on 15 September.
Adobe has been using GPU acceleration in its software packages since it launched CS5 earlier this year, helping speed up a number of processes, something that Google is clearly hoping will help when it comes to loading websites and improving your browser experience.