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Speedy Chrome 5 Tested Against Potato Cannon

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Yes, we're gonna have to go right to ludicrous speed.

Google yesterday rolled out a beta for Chrome 5, which boasts to be the fastest yet. With previous versions of Chrome already besting the competition in many tests, the even more optimized browser could now be the fastest way to view the web.

Google detailed in its blog yesterday that its new Chrome 5 features a 30 percent and 35 percent improvement on the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over the previous beta channel release. Even more impressive is that Chrome 5 is 213 percent and 305 percent faster on these two benchmarks since the first Chrome beta release.

Besides speed, the new version of the browser brings with it a few other notable new features, as Google describes: "Under the hood, today’s release contains the goodness of some new HTML5 features, namely Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop  capabilities. Additionally, this is the first Chrome beta that features initial integration of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in with Chrome, so that you can browse a rich, dynamic web with added security and stability -- you’ll automatically receive security and feature updates for Flash Player with Chrome’s auto-update mechanism."

To play on just how fast the new Google Chrome browser is, the company has made a few interesting speed comparisons pitting the software against real life fast things. Check them out below!

Chrome Speed Test

Making of Chrome Speed Test

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    dameon51 , May 6, 2010 3:19 PM
    That's not fair comparing Chrome v 5.0 to potato cannon v 1.0.
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    mman74 , May 6, 2010 3:36 PM
    Dunno about the product, but the marketing is first class!
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    gm0n3y , May 6, 2010 4:01 PM
    Doesn't exactly prove anything, but awesome marketting nonetheless.
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  • 21 Hide
    dameon51 , May 6, 2010 3:19 PM
    That's not fair comparing Chrome v 5.0 to potato cannon v 1.0.
  • 5 Hide
    pocketdrummer , May 6, 2010 3:19 PM
    yeah... and what about mouse gestures?
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    yay , May 6, 2010 3:24 PM
    Awesome :) 
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    nekatreven , May 6, 2010 3:33 PM
    I suppose it is fair to do so...but as has been pointed out in the youtube comments 'allrecipes.com' is being loaded from the C: drive. You can see it if you switch to fullscreen HD.

    They're testing the browser though...not someone's network, so I'm okay with it.
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    mman74 , May 6, 2010 3:36 PM
    Dunno about the product, but the marketing is first class!
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    hellwig , May 6, 2010 3:42 PM
    Is it faster than Opera 10.50? I don't care if Chrome is faster than it used to be, if it's still slower than the competition.
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    sliem , May 6, 2010 3:45 PM
    How is the 2nd test "sound" test?
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    dan117 , May 6, 2010 4:00 PM
    Just installed it. While it is faster than Firefox 3.6, it's not as fast as in the video. Even when loading the page a second time.
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    gm0n3y , May 6, 2010 4:01 PM
    Doesn't exactly prove anything, but awesome marketting nonetheless.
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    alexmx , May 6, 2010 4:02 PM
    I've been using chrome since a month or two in my netbook (gotta love the screen space saving) and actually, I'm liking chrome more and more.

    But until all the extensions I use are available there, I'll stick to firefox on my desktop pc. (nothing fancy, just the gestures, a .flv downloader, yesscript, adblock and image toolbar)
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    schmich , May 6, 2010 4:04 PM
    sliemHow is the 2nd test "sound" test?

    The sound waves from that weird speaker are pushes the paint up
  • 6 Hide
    powerofpi , May 6, 2010 4:09 PM
    Here's to hoping Chrome's market share stays small so I can keep using it without worrying about malware!
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    gm0n3y , May 6, 2010 4:25 PM
    powerofpiHere's to hoping Chrome's market share stays small so I can keep using it without worrying about malware!

    Yeah, I'll be happy with Chrome staying no higher than 10%. Otherwise I won't feel special.
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    Ambictus , May 6, 2010 4:29 PM
    sliemHow is the 2nd test "sound" test?


    Learn to have fun. I would think it's obvious the whole point of it is just to have fun. Though I suppose some people just can't live without being cynical.
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    lamorpa , May 6, 2010 4:35 PM
    cynicism rules!
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    killerclick , May 6, 2010 4:39 PM
    What does it mean when a browser is fast or slow? As far as I know (and I've been a web developer for ten years), the page loading speed is determined by your internet connection, more specifically latency and bandwidth. Then there are server response times and routing which also don't have anything to do with the browser. The only thing a browser can do faster or slower with a web page is Javascript execution and if that time is measurable by humans in everyday use then someone has written some bad Javascript. Also, Javascript is usually executed only after the page is completely loaded so... anyway... I'm sick of 'the fastest browser on Earth' marketing shtick.
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    babachoo , May 6, 2010 4:43 PM
    Google is evil. Avoid them and their products and services at all costs.
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    gm0n3y , May 6, 2010 4:44 PM
    killerclickWhat does it mean when a browser is fast or slow? As far as I know (and I've been a web developer for ten years), the page loading speed is determined by your internet connection, more specifically latency and bandwidth. Then there are server response times and routing which also don't have anything to do with the browser. The only thing a browser can do faster or slower with a web page is Javascript execution and if that time is measurable by humans in everyday use then someone has written some bad Javascript. Also, Javascript is usually executed only after the page is completely loaded so... anyway... I'm sick of 'the fastest browser on Earth' marketing shtick.

    Have you ever tried Chrome vs IE or FF on any AJAX intensive site? Chrome is noticably faster. Internet connections are fast enough nowadays that it usually takes no more than 1-2 seconds to get the data. Chrome just feels 'snappier'.
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    gm0n3y , May 6, 2010 4:54 PM
    BabachooGoogle is evil. Avoid them and their products and services at all costs.

    And the evil things they have done are? I mean they're big and getting into monopoly territory, but not in the Microsoft shady dealings kind of way, more of the just making better / more innovative products kind of way.
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2010 5:08 PM
    killerclick

    you are right to a point, but there are some browsers who's codes are so bloated and inefficient that it actually adds overhead to your browsing experience, this effect is multiplied ten folds on mobile devices that do not have the horse power of your standard desktop
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