I have a Windows 7 computer with Firefox and Chrome on my WiFi network.
Chrome is slow. I open a new tab and then enter a url and it takes > 10 sec before the page starts to load. In Firefox, no delays. However, once the page does start to load, it loads at the same normal, fast, speed in both browsers.
I have no Chrome plugins or anything like that, I tried emptying my history, cookies, etc.
--in-process-plugins to the command line.
Under Options > Under the Hood try disabling Use DNS pre-fetchign to improve page load performance. That was causing all sorts of problems for me including slow page loads or inability to connect to a server.
Use Chrome in Windows 7 Pro’s Virtual XP mode.
Run Chrome as administrator: Right-click the Chrome icon » Properties » Compatibility » Privileges
This problem drove me crazy for a few months (FWIW: Windows 8, 64b). I would type all my search terms or web address without seeing them appear, then waited sometimes up to half a minute before the words would show and the search/navigation would take place. I had switched off all the settings in Chrome that I thought could be responsible, cleared caches, read all the fora, but the omnibox was sluggish.
Eventually found out I needed to switch off “Predict network actions to improve page load performance” under advanced settings.
Now the search bar reacts immediately, just as it should!