Waterfox 11.0

In a weird twist, while everyone was waiting for the Firefox 11 update to show up, the folks over at Waterfox have just released the latest version of it.

Waterfox | The fastest 64-Bit variant of Firefox!

Waterfox is a 64-Bit version of Firefox. The Firefox source code is taken and compiled to run specifically for 64-Bit Windows computers. To make Waterfox stand out a bit more, it’s compiled with optimizations so that it will run more efficiently and faster than just compiling Firefox as a 64-Bit program. For some people with older systems, the 64-Bit version loads quicker and is much more responsive than the 32-Bit build.

How does it compare to 32-Bit Firefox?
In benchmarks, the 64-Bit variant of Firefox out-performs the 32-Bit variant. Also because this variant is being built specifically for Windows, there might be further performance increases.

Were there any optimisations made?
Yes, Waterfox was compiled with SSE, SSE2, x64 favoring and the following optimisation flags: /Og /Oi /Ot /Oy /Ob2 /Gs /GF /Gy

Download: Waterfox 11.0 | 17.3 MB (Open Source)
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i just decided to see if Waterfox v11 was any better on memory use and it still quite a bit higher than regular Firefox (just on the current tabs i have open Firefox is a good 100-150MB LESS (maybe 200MB area) than Waterfox as that was hitting into the 400MB+ range pretty quickly on my test just a little bit ago now) so odds are i won't be going back to Waterfox anytime soon and will just stick with regular Firefox or Pale Moon x64 as those seem to be fine.

plus, Pale Moon x64 can run while Firefox is running to as it runs in a separate process where as Waterfox still registers as 'firefox.exe' in task manager so you can only run the regular Firefox or Waterfox and can't have both open at the same time if you needed to. also, Pale Moon has it's own profile data which i think is nice as it's completely separate from the regular Firefox profile data.

i am waiting on Pale Moon personally as that don't seem to have the memory usage issues this has with V10. plus Pale Moon uses it's own profile to.

ThaCrip said,
i am waiting on Pale Moon personally as that don't seem to have the memory usage issues this has with V10. plus Pale Moon uses it's own profile to.

Palemoon uses v9 code, speaking from memory.

NyaR said,

Palemoon uses v9 code, speaking from memory.

your right. but Firefox v10 and Firefox v11 don't have memory issues like Waterfox v10 did for me as memory use would keep climbing where as with official Firefox (or Pale Moon) it eventually stables out around 300-400MB after it's been running a while where as Waterfox v10 would climb to 500-600MB somewhat quickly and would have kept going which is more of a issue for those of us with 2GB of ram.