Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
BajiRav

By the Numbers: the Fastest Browser

5 posts in this topic

Source

The Internet has always been about getting to the information you need faster than you could in any other way. Now it's also about and working with Web-based apps playing games that you want to be as responsive as your desktop programs. Google's Chrome browser became a favorite among many primarily because of its speed?speed of installation, startup, page loading, and running Web applications. This last relies primarily on a browser's JavaScript performance, and initially Chrome trounced competing browsers like Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox in JavaScript benchmarks.

But the other browser makers haven't sat idle. They rebuilt, optimized, and generally revved up their JavaScript engines to the point that on the most cited JavaScript benchmark, Webkit's SunSpider, all of the most popular browsers have gotten within spitting distance of each other. The advances are pretty remarkable if you look back: When I first tested IE7 on Sunspider in, it completed the benchmark in a whopping 47,119ms, compared with the contemporaneous version of Chrome's 749ms. Internet Explorer 8 was much slower, too, at 9015ms. But with IE9 and IE10, this enormous margin has been erased.

But there are now more thorough JavaScript benchmarks, and other important measures of speed deserve consideration, too. With IE9, Microsoft introduced the concept of hardware acceleration?using your PC's graphics card to speed up browser functions. Another important consideration is how long it takes for the browser to get going in the first place. For this speed comparison of browsers, we'll look at performance as measured by four criteria:

  • Startup time, both cold (after a PC reboot) and warm (after the browser has already been running)
  • JavaScript benchmarks (SunSpider, Mozilla Kraken, Google V8)
  • Hardware acceleration tests
  • Independent studies of page loading performance

For the JavaScript benchmarks, I tested on a laptop with 2.53 GHz dual-core CPU and 3GB RAM running 32-bit Windows 7 Professional. Each benchmark was run at least five times, with the best and worst score thrown out before averaging results. For all tests, I shut down all non-essential processes from Task Manager.

Pretty much matches my own experience that IE9/10 and Firefox are not slower than Chrome (might shock some webkit Chrome fans)

post-62693-0-70598500-1357582480.jpg

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yup,pretty much common knowledge lately. IE10 is the fastest out there. Its also the best.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But, but, but but... but WebGL!!!!11

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IE10 is fast, but I hate how the scroll bar looks in Windows 7. I'll stick with Chrome--I like how easy it is to sync bookmarks my with my nexus 7, adblock plus, etc. :)

Edit: When is the final version of IE10 going to drop for W7?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I find all of the pretty much the same. I use Chrome because I like it better.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.