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Google Releases Update for Chrome Browser to v18

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The new Chrome from Google to find more CPU in your GPU.

Google's updated its Chrome browser now to version 18 on the stable channel. The major new improvement in this release is the addition of hardware acceleration for graphics in Canvas2D and WebGL.

John "More CPU in Your GPU" Bauman and Brian "FPS" Salomon and penned in the Chromium blog:

«We’ve enabled GPU-accelerated Canvas2D on capable Windows and Mac computers, which should make web applications like games perform even better than a pure software implementation. GPU-accelerated Canvas2D has previously been enabled in the Beta channel for quite some time, so hopefully developers have had a chance to try it out. We’re continuing to make improvements and tweaks to our Canvas2D implementation, so please file a bug in our public issue tracker if you encounter problems.

WebGL enables compelling 3D content on the web, so we want to ensure that as many users as possible have access to this technology. That’s why we’ve enabled SwiftShader, a software rasterizer licensed from our friends at TransGaming, for users with older configurations. Keep in mind that a software-backed WebGL implementation is never going to perform as well as one running on a real GPU, but now more users will have access to basic 3D content on the web. See our previous blog post for more details on SwiftShader and how to try it out.
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If you're already running Chrome, you should see an update available in the About menu. Otherwise, you can find the latest download on Tom's Guide.

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    icepick314 , March 29, 2012 5:34 PM
    about time Google adds hardware acceleration...


    how about adding 64bit version?
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    Cryio , March 29, 2012 5:43 PM
    In other recent news, Opera's latest "Next" build supports x64, has Out of Procces Plugins, and has the highest HTML5 score out there, if you don't count the bonus points [9 vs Chrome's 13]. Also, you need to Activate Web Sockets, because it's Off by default.

    [Yeah, It's still buggy as hell, cuz it's in alpha stage, but it be a force to be wreckend with when it will come out]
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    cryogenic , March 29, 2012 5:43 PM
    icepick314...how about adding 64bit version?


    Why?
    Do you plan to make your broser use more than 2 GB (on 32 bit OS) or 4 GB ( on 64 bit OS) ?

    It's not like 64 bit is inherently faster than 32 bit, it just allows more memory to be addressed. Actually sometimes 64 bit can be slower, due to larger program sizes (2x pointer size), less efficient cache use (fewer instructions or data fit in the cache) etc ...
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    Cryio , March 29, 2012 5:45 PM
    Quote:

    Why?
    Do you plan to make your broser use more than 2 GB (on 32 bit OS) or 4 GB ( on 64 bit OS) ?

    It's not like 64 bit is inherently faster than 32 bit, it just allows more memory to be addressed. Actually sometimes 64 bit can be slower, due to larger program sizes (2x pointer size), less efficient cache use (fewer instructions or data fit in the cache) etc ...
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    Cryio , March 29, 2012 5:46 PM
    It's all about efficient coding. Also, the irony our nicknames are somewhat the same ^_^
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    razor512 , March 29, 2012 5:54 PM
    how about multi core support for a single tab?
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    thechief73 , March 29, 2012 6:24 PM
    How about they put back the option to customize your fav. tabs and rearrange them as you see fit, what was the point of removing that feature Google??? Oh and remove that stupid grey bar from the bottom of the tab screen, and while your at it remove the redundant nav. bar at the top of the iGoogle pages... I like a clean look, what are your goals with Chrome Google? If your just going to keep making things look worse and remove interface features, no one will care about your 1sec. faster than whatever browser benchmarks or your acid test results.
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    kentlowt , March 29, 2012 8:54 PM
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    zhihao50 , March 29, 2012 9:02 PM
    cryio

    4Gb on 64bit Absolutely.
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    cookoy , March 29, 2012 9:32 PM
    Let me try this on my old S3 unichrome chip and see how much gpu juice it can squeeze out of it. Or maybe it will just spit it out.
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    freggo , March 29, 2012 9:36 PM
    version 18... time to get on to a weekly release schedule... /SARCASM
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    lockhrt999 , March 29, 2012 10:04 PM
    When can we expect firefox like full hardware acceleration for the whole thing?
    On my computer Toms hardware runs fluently in FF even in power savor mode. With chrome I've to switch to balanced or high performance mode to get bearable experience.
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    livebriand , March 29, 2012 11:54 PM
    lockhrt999When can we expect firefox like full hardware acceleration for the whole thing?On my computer Toms hardware runs fluently in FF even in power savor mode. With chrome I've to switch to balanced or high performance mode to get bearable experience.

    Interesting - on my AMD E350 netbook (with 4GB RAM, win7 64-bit), firefox freezes a bit while loading pages and Chrome is completely smooth. On my desktop (i5 750, geforce 550ti, 8GB RAM, win7 64-bit), both are fast, though chrome is a bit faster.
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    youssef 2010 , March 30, 2012 11:56 PM
    Good, at least the GPU will be used instead of just sitting there and draining power