Brave with hardware acceleration enabled causing MacBook Pro to crash and restart

Description of the issue:

For the last month, I have had constant crashing when using my MacBook Pro. I have spent this time trying to troubleshoot the issue, but it appears to be Brave being the one causing these crashes.

I have used Firefox and Safari, and I do not have the same issues, but it appears to be only Brave that appears to do it.

The issue happens on a number of sites, so there is no specific site causing this. The crash reports also don’t point to Brave, but more of a part of macOS, but brave is the only app causing this.

Here are some of the things I have tried:

  • Reinstall Brave
  • Disabled all extensions
  • Disabled hardware acceleration

Disabling hardware acceleration has stopped these crashes, but I have noticed a decrease in animation performance and other animations on websites.

I do suspect that it has something to do with my GPU of the MacBook Pro (crash reports don’t point to Brave), but since this is only happening on Brave, I thought it would be good to raise this first, before contacting Apple Support.

Steps to Reproduce
1 ) Open Brave
2) If not already enabled, turn on the hardware acceleration option.
3) After some time (1 hour, to a couple of hours), clicking a tab will freeze macOS
4) After 25 - 30 seconds, macOS will restart and boot up again.

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):
No screenshots or video available due to the random nature of it.

Expected result:
Not to crash

Reproduces how often:
Every couple of hours, sometimes when waking up from sleep, sometimes days.

Operating System and Brave Version
MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019
macOS Bug Sur 11.2

Version 1.20.108 Chromium: 88.0.4324.182 (Official Build) (x86_64)

Additional Information:
I have attached an image of a crash report (I have three in total available). I would attach txt files, but not allowed due to being a new user.

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Would be good to get some help with this.

There are some known issues regarding Hardware Acceleration that the team is working on presently. Typically, even with HWA disabled, users still shouldn’t have issues with animation/video content while browsing. Can you confirm for me what type of animation/video and/or what specific sites/content you’re seeing the issues on?

@Mattches the examples range from normal CSS animations to HTML <canvas> examples.

The first one I can think of is Github.

The globe at the top of the page is an example with <canvas> (extreme example) but there are examples throughout that page using just CSS Animations.

Video content I haven’t noticed anything different.

Will reply with some more examples when I come across them.

Thank you for the examples. However, I’m still unclear about where the issue is – on my end, the globe seems to load and animate without any issues. I also checked vs Chrome and Firefox just to make sure they didn’t look or move differently (they didn’t). Is there a specific graphical anomaly I should be looking for?

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