Wondering which browser out of those available for Windows 8 is the fastest? Look no further than our benchmark comparison betwewn Internet Explorer 10 (installed by default) and Chrome 17, Firefox 10 and Opera 11.60. All benchmarks were conducted on a freshly installed browser (all settings default) with just one tab running; all were run on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build 8250 on the same system with no background applications open.
Sunspider (in ms, lower is better)
HTML5 Test (out of 475)
The HTML5 test awards the browser a score out of 475 that reflects how much support for HTML5 the browser has
Peacekeeper (higher is better)
This benchmark shows the all-round capabilities of the browser
BetaFishIE (in FPS, higher is better)
This benchmark is made by Microsoft to show the CSS3 animation capabilities of Internet Explorer 10. It worked with all browsers except Opera 11.60
Fishbowl at 2000 fish (in FPS, higher is better)
This benchmark is made by Microsoft to show the HTML5 animation capabilities of Internet Explorer 10. Take the results with a grain of salt though because Microsoft clearly optimzed this benchmark to work well on IE10.
We would also have run a WebGL benchmark but WebGL is not supported in Internet Explorer 10 natively. If we do more benchmarks of these browsers we'll post them here, so check back occasionally for updates.