Surface Pro 3 Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Microsoft' started by JoeS, May 20, 2014.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

    Messages:
    5,073
    Likes Received:
    3,204
    Trophy Points:
    331
    In case it hasn't been mentioned yet, Chrome's misbehavior regarding CPU speed was fixed a while back, see here: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=153139
    There are still many thing wrong with it though, especially when it comes to touch. If IE or Spartan supported Chrome extensions I'd switch in a heartbeat, but alas, it looks like this is not happening.
     
  2. yuki

    yuki Scribbler - Standard Member

    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Chrome still - in 32 as well as 64bit, in release as in beta-version - still consumes a lot more power than Internet Explorer 11.

    Interesting side-effect: browsing on my vaio tap 11 is COMPLETLY silent/fan stays off with IE11, browsing with chrome starts the fans repeated and often.

    Also, IE11 seems to be very efficient with weake systems - as example i can switch to my live-long-and-prosper-battry setings - which clocks down the haswell cpu in the vaio tap to 600mhz, and IE11 still is snappy & fast as with full clockspeed, chrome becomes a LOT slower.
     
  3. hawkeye62

    hawkeye62 Scribbler - Standard Member

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    31
    I currently have two laptops, a Yoga 11s Haswell and an Asus UX303LA. (Yeah, I know this is a tablet forum, but a tablet will be my next purchase. Actually I just ordered a Surface Pro 3 from Amazon.) I never notice any fan noise when I am browsing with Google Chrome. In fact, I rarely have any sound from the fan on either laptop. Sometimes the fan does come on quietly when I am playing with a flight sim game, F18 Carrier Landing, on the Yoga.

    Best regards, Jim

    Edit: Another observation on my laptops. I have Battery Bar installed on both systems. I haven't noticed any difference in power consumption as reported by Battery Bar between IE and GC. Maybe I am just easy on demands. I have very few extensions and rarely have more than a couple of tabs open.

    Jim
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
  4. yuki

    yuki Scribbler - Standard Member

    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    87
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Hehe, its not chrome which is making noises - its the specific computer if its thermal sensors exceed a specific threshold and the fan is activated :)

    Also, chrome is not insanely battery&power -consuming (it was, it had a nasty power drain bug until late 2014, but that one has been fixed) -its rather IE11 in touch mode, which is optimized almost perfectly.
     
  5. jl199954

    jl199954 Scribbler - Standard Member

    Messages:
    150
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    41
    I hadn't noticed Spotify & Polar Flow set themselves up to autostart in the desktop. Killing both of those made a significant improvement in battery. I also think Evernote desktop sync was using a bit too.

    I use mostly OneNote, OneNote 2013 (desktop) ,IE Metro, News, Money, & easily get all day- 8+-9 hours, heavy inking, bright screen.
     
  6. daver

    daver Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

    Messages:
    759
    Likes Received:
    72
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Well, as well, Windows 8 is a "tickless" system, so the Chrome bug wasn't very apparent to us. But what is apparent is how poor Chrome becomes when you start using it heavily and regularly. As old and outdated as Opera 12 is, I still use it because unlike Chrome it doesn't choke on content heavy pages. But I've recently moved to Vivaldi. I can't load a single page that has a lot of images without Chrome lagging to wait for the images to load. Just give me the contents and load the images later, darnit!
     
  7. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

    Messages:
    5,073
    Likes Received:
    3,204
    Trophy Points:
    331
    I have to say, as much as I like the few chrome extensions I have running, it does drive nuts how my TP10 grinds to a halt as I open a folder of eight pages. I happened gradually enough that I accept it (boiling frog syndrome..) but if it had performed like this when I first switched I probably wouldn't have stayed. They have pledged to improve things, hope they follow through.
     
  8. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,065
    Likes Received:
    8,293
    Trophy Points:
    331
    Does anyone else have problems with IE just freezing at random times? I've checked for malware, and nothing else seems to bring this behavior (freezing) except for IE 11.
     
  9. johnchad14

    johnchad14 Scribbler - Standard Member

    Messages:
    172
    Likes Received:
    26
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Sometimes when I accidentally backswipe to a page it'll freeze... Wish I could just disable that
     
  10. hawkeye62

    hawkeye62 Scribbler - Standard Member

    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    31
    Anyone know if a user can upgrade the SSD? I think I read somewhere that the RAM is soldered.

    Jim
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page