Browsing to about:memory in Google Chrome gives you this interesting display showing memory usage for both itself as well as other browsers running.
According to the browser, this is the memory usage of the following browsers on blank pages. (Although Chrome is on the about:memory page, that’s a different process, as shown below, so that doesn’t mess things up.)
|Browser||Total Memory (kb)|
|Google Chrome 0.2||39,928|
|Internet Explorer 8 beta 2||62,726|
In other words, Opera still uses the least, but Google Chrome is easily in second place, followed by Safari, IE and then Firefox.
Just an interesting nugget of information!