Chrome has a bit of a bad habit of consuming RAM. And when I mean consume, I mean at the rate of a 5 discovering the dessert section of a Pizza Hut buffet for the first time.
It was so bad that out of pure frustration, I pulled the plug and tried Microsoft Edge for a week. But fortunately, Chrome's latest update is set to help.
Version 55, which went live over the weekend and you should probably download right now, is more of a security update first and foremost. As Spandas noted over at Lifehacker, the patch makes 36 separate security fixes. 12 of those were part of Google's bug bounty offering, which will now result in $US70,000 being paid out to infosec researchers.
One the big thing - and something that Google has been moving towards for a while - is Flash. It's automatically disabled in version 55, with users prompted to enable Adobe's buggy, completely insecure player whenever they visit a site that still uses the technology. (Which they absolutely shouldn't, but it does mean the major ones that do like Amazon will function fine under version 55.)
It's the last stable update for Chrome this year, although if you want to see where the browser is headed here's a changelog for the updates scheduled to make their way into the stable build for version 56, due out in January. The changelog for the latest build is here, although there's a good chance most gamers won't understand the vast majority of it.