Chrome tearing

Chrome Version : 64.0.3282.11 (Build)
OS Version: Linux Arch_x64
URLs (if applicable) : All
Other browsers tested: Firefox, Vivaldi, Chrome
Add OK or FAIL after other browsers where you have tested this issue:
Firefox: OK
Vivaldi: FAIL
CHromuim: FAIL

What steps will reproduce the problem?

To get system lag:

  1. Enable acceleration
  2. Restart the browser
  3. Moving windows and overall expierience is terrible outside of Chrome/Chromium

To get tearing:

  1. Disable acceleration
  2. Restart the browser
  3. Scrolling and watching videos or really any movement shows extreme tearing

What is the expected result?
The browser should not cause system lag when acceleration is enabled

What happens instead of that?
I have to choose between getting extreme tearing and system lag.

Arch Linux x64
GNOME 3.26
Tested kernels: generic, ZEN (happens on both)
GTX 980 (properitary nvidia driver)
i7 4790K
8GB of RAM memory

Tested on Arch Linux x64

  • gnome 3.26.2
  • nvidia 390.25
  • google-chrome 64.0.3282.167 (stable) and google-chrome-beta 65.0.3325.88
  • hardware acceleration enabled in both browsers


  • laggy scrolling and CSS animations
  • “chrome --type=gpu-process” takes 100% of a core in a multicore cpu
  • video playback (Netflix and YouTube tested) is unaffected

System specs:
CPU: i5 4670
GPU: GTX 1060 6gb
24GB of RAM

Adding a “me too”:

System: Arch Linux x64
Drivers: nvidia 390.25
Browser: google-chrome 64.0.3282.167 (stable)

Problems with hardware acceleration:

  • Slow typing
  • Slow to switch tabs
  • Slow scrolling
  • Missing updates to parts of canvas (areas appear black) (1)
  • Chrome won’t wake up after computer sleep (no redraws, have to kill -9) (2)

(1) Can be fixed by disabling “Accelerated 2D canvas” in chrome://flags/
(2) Can be fixed by disabling hardware acceleration

Chrome 63 worked fine in all these respects, also with 390.25 (so I guess it might really be a chrome problem)

CPU: i7-6820HQ
GPU: GM107GLM [Quadro M1000M] (rev a2)

Me too:

System: Gentoo Linux x64
Drivers: nvidia-drivers 390.42
Browser: google-chrome 65.0.3325.181


  • Terrible performance when there are many gifs on the page: Lags the whole system, not just chrome.
  • Slow to switch [some] tabs and other seemingly random slowdowns here and there. Notable slow pages: google.sheets
  • WebGL, youtube, etc not affected. In fact webgl works perfectly well

Started with an update from v63 to v64, further updates to later versions did not help

CPU: i7-7700K