I often hear my Mac Mini (quad 2.6GHz) fan sounding like it is about to take off when I’m watching videos full screen on all video sites though I tend not to use YouTube so much. Today, I was watching a video on Odysee (odysee.com) and the same thing happened so I thought I’d do a test with barely any applications running apart from the browser and a couple of background programmes which don’t use much CPU - only one browser running at once. I used Firefox for comparison for no other reason that it is sitting next to Brave in my Dock.
Brave’s CPU averaged about 155% and hit 299% at one point but I only managed to capture it using a timed screen grab at 185%. Firefox averaged around 40% and peaked at about 72%, I captured it at 45%.
So, Brave seems to be using around four times the CPU as Firefox to do the same thing.
I then tested all the other browsers I have on my Mac (sometimes I have problems with particular pages and it is useful to have options). All the others faired like Firefox, around 40-50% but Safari only used 25%, actually dipping to 12% and peaked at 40%.
Why is this? I like what Brave is supposed to be about but 'm getting so fed up with the noise, I’m considering dropping Brave altogether.
I’d be interested to know if other people have similar results.