Browser Benchmarking

Did a little browser benchmarking the other day. To my surprise, the most popular browsers are the slowest. Here are the result, in reverse order:

Slowest of them all, and therefore last is as expected Internet Explorer 8.

IE

Next up, is the biggest surprise of them all. Coming in an first to last is Mozzila Firefox.

Firefox

Followed by only a 10 point difference, Opera is the 3rd fastest browser available on the market today.

Opera

Google’s browser, Chrome, although still very new, managed to come in as 2nd.

Chrome

Quoted as “the faster browser available” by it’s own download site, Safari lives up to this quotation, taking the 1st place.

Safari

Here are the final results for comparison:

Final results

Benchmark notes:

Site used: http://service.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/index.action

System used: Intel Centrino Dual Core @ 2.4 GHz with  4 GB RAM.

As not all browsers support the “Complex Graphics” test of the benchmark, these results were excluded when calculating the overall performance score of the browsers.

Personal oppinion

After the benchmark I decided to give Safari a try, so I used it for a week. I must say, I couldn’t really tell the difference in page loading time, and I was missing all the Add-ons that Mozilla Firefox has, so it was not long till I found myself using it again. They just can’t beat the extension capability of Firefox, no matter how good a browser anyone else makes.

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