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Futuremark Unveils Web Browser Benchmark

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

It's not often you see people benchmarking browsers. Futuremark wants to change that with the public beta release of Peacekeeper.

Futuremark's aim with this benchmark is to put an end to the so-called "browser wars" by removing subjective opinions or analysis of performance with too much room for variability such as loading times.

Typically, a newly released browser will be subdued to the well known Acid3 web standards test but there are few universally used benchmarks which measure the performance of common web page functions. Peacekeeper is a purely JavaScript-driven benchmark and therefore only tests JavaScript functions. It does not test actual web page loading times and is therefore not affected by connection speeds and the variation that can occur there, nor does it test things like Flash.

In order to have more basis on real world performance, each of the tests are weighted differently depending on how heavily they are used on commonly accessed websites such as YouTube and Facebook. A few tests, such as those using arrays, are not based on these website profiles.

Of course, these websites do not represent all website designs, and are built with heavy load in mind and optimized to work on most computers. Performance differences between browsers as determined by Peacekeeper may not reflect the performance you see on the websites you visit.

Peacekeeper also has a simplified Online Result Browser which shows average browser scores for commonly used processors.

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    curnel_D , March 13, 2009 5:14 PM
    This app also takes into account the machine running the browser, which means that it will never be taken seriously as a browser benchmarking standard. Just another bragging right for those running an i7.
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    Greatwalrus , March 13, 2009 5:20 PM
    I think the main point of this is not to compare browser scores between other systems, but to compare browser scores with your own system. With that, you can find which browser runs the best on your system.
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    Edex , March 13, 2009 5:20 PM
    It's pretty relative...
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    Greatwalrus , March 13, 2009 5:32 PM
    For me, Firefox 3.07 scored 197, Firefox 3.1b3 scored 282 and Midori scored 480.
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    rooket , March 13, 2009 6:36 PM
    I don't have a problem at all with web browser speed, what I have a problem with is -> spyware & malware. I'm not sure if this is alleviated in MSIE7 but I have my doubts. I just use firefox but I read somewhere that it has its own security issues. I haven't ever got a trojan from firefox. MSIE6 is a malware magnet and as such it seems like a microsoft engineered trojan horse.

    I would imagine that if you want the fastest browser you'd be trying out chrome or some other stripped down browser. MSIE is fast enough, firefox feels no different.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2009 7:42 PM
    @greatWalrus pardon my ignorance, but isn't Midori a drink not a web browser? If it is a browser where can I find it? Sounds interesting...
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    IzzyCraft , March 13, 2009 7:51 PM
    I would never judge browers just on javascipt speed it's rarely just that how well a brower handles the web.

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    deepcover , March 13, 2009 8:17 PM
    Just tried this and got:

    Internet Explorer 8.0 224
    Firefox 3.0.7 292
    Chrome 1.0.154.48 675
    Safari 4.0 968

    These benchmarks seem to be much more comprehensive than other browser benchmarks I have tried.

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    lucuis , March 13, 2009 8:25 PM
    I also tried this out for kicks.

    IE7 220
    Firefox3.0.7 617
    Safari4.0BETA 1571 (Didn't really seem any faster then firefox the short time i used it)

    Meh
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    IzzyCraft , March 13, 2009 8:55 PM
    LucuisI also tried this out for kicks.IE7 220Firefox3.0.7 617Safari4.0BETA 1571 (Didn't really seem any faster then firefox the short time i used it)Meh

    Well script speed is fast enough now that other factors just make about all browers relatively the same for when they render a webpage for you. Really the limiting factor is that you still have to download the webpage so who cares if new FF is a ba-gillion times faster your internet isn't any speeder so you get more or less the same result rending css etc.
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    IzzyCraft , March 13, 2009 10:19 PM
    I tried it for the hell of it i got
    Safari 4.0 beta 1667
    Chrome 2.0.169.1 beta 1386
    Chrome 1.0.154.48 1331
    Minefield (FF 3.12a ? alpha) 1024
    Opera 10 Alpha 1012
    Opera 9.64 680
    Firefox 3.0.7 615
    IE8 RC1 435
    IE8 RC1 in compatiably mode 382
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    seboj , March 14, 2009 4:57 AM
    'Cause we all know how unbiased Futuremark Corp can be. :) 
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    Greatwalrus , March 14, 2009 4:08 PM
    Androsszit@greatWalrus pardon my ignorance, but isn't Midori a drink not a web browser? If it is a browser where can I find it? Sounds interesting...


    I hope you'll still see this comment, but Midori is a drink and a browser ;) . However, Midori is only being developed for Linux, and I believe it will stay that way. You can find it here: http://software.twotoasts.de/index.php?/pages/midori_summary.html
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    ZeroTech , March 15, 2009 4:19 AM
    This is still a nice benchmark of how well a browser performs with javascript.
    Chrome 1.0.154.48 - 1085
    Firefox 3.0.7 - 468
    IE 7 - 207
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    thegh0st , March 17, 2009 8:04 PM
    Figured I might as well post some scores to...

    Opera v9.60 - 343
    (as approximately the 50th tab open)

    Opera v9.60 - 352 (second run in a seperate window but with the original window and tabs still open)

    Opera v10.00 alpha - 1095
    Google Chrome v1.0.154.48 - 1345 (with 1 additional window open)

    ...left all browsers open to. did not close anything.
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    Greatwalrus , March 17, 2009 8:43 PM
    thegh0stFigured I might as well post some scores to...Opera v9.60 - 343(as approximately the 50th tab open)Opera v9.60 - 352 (second run in a seperate window but with the original window and tabs still open)Opera v10.00 alpha - 1095Google Chrome v1.0.154.48 - 1345 (with 1 additional window open)...left all browsers open to. did not close anything.


    Wow, what an improvement between Opera versions! But it always seems that alpha/beta versions are much faster with all browsers than their final releases.
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    Anonymous , July 8, 2009 8:57 PM
    Using Futuremark
    Google Chrome 3 BETA = 1750 (the fastest)
    Opera 10 = 1058
    Mozilla Firefoz 3.05 = 1044
    IE = 250 (the slowest)

    Using Sunspider
    Google chrome 3 BETA = 1220 (the fastest)
    Opera 10 = 2200
    Mozilla Firefoz 3.05 = 2560
    IE = 7500 (the slowest)

    Using V8 Benchmark
    Google = 1950 (the fastest)
    Opera = 1400
    Mozilla FF = 218 (slow)
    IE = Error (the slowest)

    Probably Safari 4 Beta is a bit faster than Google Chrome using Futuremark benchmark but this web browser uses a lot of RAM resources, sometimes >> 250MB even with only 1 window open.

    Using Acid 3 Test, Google chrome and opera passed 100/100. IE and Mozilla FF got scores below 93.

    This information in really good to know in order to get the most appropriate browser for a specific configuration depending on the OS, the PC processor and the number of gigs for RAM memory.

    Tested with 2.0GB RAM, Dual Core AMD Athlon X2 (laptop)
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    hannah_ , May 2, 2010 8:19 PM
    Had no time to use Peacekeeper but tried www.speed-battle.com

    Results:
    Firefox, Win32
    Browser Netscape, Mozilla/5.0 Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:1.9.2.3 Gecko/20100401 Firefox/3.6.3

    Calculate
    Store
    Render
    OVERALL SCORE

    31.03
    112.22
    10.24
    153.49

    IE8, Win32
    Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla/4.0 compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0

    3.28
    2.72
    4.13
    10.13

    (WOW, SLOW!)

    Chrome, Win32
    Browser Netscape, Mozilla/5.0 Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US AppleWebKit/532.5 KHTML, like Gecko Chrome/4.1.249.1064 Safari/532.5

    26.6
    84.45
    67.15
    178.2