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Firefox causing high GPU usage and fluctuations


I have an NVIDIA GTX 440 graphics card and I like to monitor its speeds and tempratures.

Ive noticed whenever using firefox even when im just scrolling down a page my gpu clock will shoot up to max (822 mhz) and this will of course cause the fan to speed up and make noise.

Its kind of annoying cause when im not scrolling its on idle and quiet, and then I scroll down and suddenly it shoots up. Basically its making my gpu go from max to low constantly and I dont think thats very good for my gpu.

Is there anyway to fix this? I dont see why firefox needs max speed from the GPU.

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Probably the only way to avoid this is to disable hardware acceleration.

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Helpful Reply

There should be an issue in bugzilla for this. It's obvioulsy coding defects. Chrome utilize GPU 3-4 times less than Firefox and works smoother. IE10 utilize GPU 10-13 times less than Firefox and works even more smoother than Chrome.