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Crankshaft Accelerates Chrome 10

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 24 comments

Google has almost quietly upgraded the nightly builds of Chrome 10 with a new JavaScript engine. Version 3.0.0.1 is, in some applications, twice as fast as the predecessor 2.5.9.1.

The first Chrome version that received this new engine is Chromium 10.0.605.0. Google justified the JavaScript update with what the company calls "Crankshaft", a new compilation infrastructure for the V8 JavaScript VM. There are some "aggressive" optimizations that boost the benchmark score in V8 by about 50% in our tests and up to 100% in some individual tests, according to Google.

The new browser comes on the heels of the announcement of Chrome OS earlier today, which is closely tied to Chrome and relies on Chrome as a fast browser. However, we also remember that Microsoft has made some pretty impressive improvements with IE9 and the latest Platform Preview 7, which was actually faster in the Sunspider benchmark than any other browser.

ConceivablyTech has posted some benchmark numbers that indicate that Chrome is now faster than IE9 PP7 at least on one of their platforms. But it seems that Microsoft and Google are now tied up in a JavaScript battle that could last a few months. When was the last time a Microsoft browser was actually competing for first place in a browser speed race?

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    NapoleonDK , December 7, 2010 9:51 PM
    Bring it on.
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    awaken688 , December 7, 2010 10:15 PM
    Does IE have as much vertical space as Chrome yet? I love how much of the webpage I can see on Chrome on my laptop.
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    amk09 , December 7, 2010 10:42 PM
    Keep it up, I'm a sucker for speed.
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    rpgplayer , December 7, 2010 10:43 PM
    awaken688Does IE have as much vertical space as Chrome yet? I love how much of the webpage I can see on Chrome on my laptop.

    it's all in what toolbars you choose to show, you can minimize just about any browser down to a tab bar and an address bar if you so choose.
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    westerbamos , December 7, 2010 11:08 PM
    rpgplayerit's all in what toolbars you choose to show, you can minimize just about any browser down to a tab bar and an address bar if you so choose.

    chrome still shows more of the webpage, as the tabs are integrated into the top of the window which saves quite a bit of space.
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    bunz_of_steel , December 8, 2010 12:58 AM
    If it's IE it Suk$ major A$$! I don't care how good or how many features it has. I ONLY use IE when I have to. I know there are ppl who swear by IE and alota ppl use it and that's fine. As for me I"m a steadfast FF/Chrome/Opera guy. IE can be faster than all of them but like my wife says ....... yeah but still LOL. It's going to take A WHOLE LOT more than speed to get me to use IE.

    TSM
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    dEAne , December 8, 2010 1:12 AM
    When was the last time a Microsoft browser was actually competing for first place in a browser speed race?

    Never.
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    dapneym , December 8, 2010 1:25 AM
    I couldn't care less how fast IE gets, the interface is terrible and, let's face it, it's still IE.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2010 1:58 AM
    funny how opera runs usually faster than anything but all the "tekkssavvy" in here doesnt even talk about it....
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    freiheitner , December 8, 2010 2:39 AM
    Did I miss a few Chrome release? Did they really go from 5 to 6 to 8 to 10 the last eight months?
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    nebun , December 8, 2010 2:52 AM
    amk09Keep it up, I'm a sucker for speed.

    speed or not, i am sure that your ISP can't keep up ;) 
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    svdb , December 8, 2010 3:34 AM
    It's only when you start to develop full blown web sites and RIAs that you realize how much IE sucked and continues to suck even with IE9, not when you use it to merely browse TomsHardware.
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    Lutfij , December 8, 2010 6:51 AM
    chrome beats IE anyday...and the more days that go by, the better chromes getting
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    Lutfij , December 8, 2010 6:55 AM
    Quote:
    When was the last time a Microsoft browser was actually competing for first place in a browser speed race?


    almost forever, but never saw a podium place
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    Silmarunya , December 8, 2010 7:48 AM
    It's not because IE 9 is now near the top of the pack in one area, it's a contender for being the fastest browser all round.I notice the speed difference between Opera 11 and Chrome 10 and the rest of the pack clearly. Still, I'm happy for all IE users.

    Isn't that entire race for being the fastest in JS performance a bit idiotic? It's all round performance that matters...

    I personally use Opera, but I still enjoy Chrome. Too bad it's made (or in Chromium's case, funded) by Google, a company I don't like at all. I'll continue using Opera, a web browser that doesn't take up any more disk space than FF, despite having a built in torrent client, a far more polished interface and many other extra's.

    Even better, Opera is the fastest browser on the market (okay, I fail to notice the difference with Chrome subjectively, but in Peacekeeper Opera leads by quite a margin).
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    iamtheking123 , December 8, 2010 9:50 AM
    My loyalty will always be with Firefox. Been using it since before version 1.0, and it's plenty fast enough in the real world. What I don't like is how Chrome calls every minor update a new version. By this time next year they'll be up to version 20, and I've gotten tired of trying to keep it up to date.
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    eddieroolz , December 8, 2010 10:07 AM
    I like how a topic of Chrome 10 turns into a full-on IE9 hate from people who's probably used it for 10 minutes.

    Anyway, good for Chrome users...keep it going. I'm perfectly happy using my IE9 here.
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    lobais , December 8, 2010 2:22 PM
    Quote:
    Isn't that entire race for being the fastest in JS performance a bit idiotic? It's all round performance that matters...

    As long as js is slower than C, some developers will use it as an excuse not to do webapps.
    Google is in the entire brower race exactly to boost the marked for webapps (where they make their money) and hence they need to show everybody just how fast js can be.
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    bto , December 8, 2010 4:46 PM
    bunz_of_steelIf it's IE it Suk$ major A$$! I don't care how good or how many features it has. I ONLY use IE when I have to. I know there are ppl who swear by IE and alota ppl use it and that's fine. As for me I"m a steadfast FF/Chrome/Opera guy.

    TSM


    I don't how someone can say they are "strictly a fan of 3 different browsers, what a nightmare and adding a 4th (ie) when neccesary... that's rediculous. One thing about ie, it's always got compatability pulling for it, and if it's just as fast... why juggle 4 browsers.. that's extremely hardcore about.. surfing? Just to get .05 seconds faster web page loading. When it mostly relies on the isp/file sharing/junk your running on the pc and the antivirus, tweak any one of the other things and you can gain full seconds That's reality.

    As far as browsing goes, nothing annoys me more online than a website that is dysfunctional because they didn't code it for 10 different browsers browsers and having to switch back to one you know works "when needed"

    /end rant
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    cushgod , December 8, 2010 4:56 PM
    Load my.ucf.edu with Chrome and IE9 , tell me who wins. IE9 crashess if I resize window with video in it.... LAME. Goodbye Microsoft you FAIL!!
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