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Benchmark Analysis: Windows 7 And Ubuntu 11.10

Web Browser Grand Prix 9: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, And Ubuntu
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The analysis tables contain categories for each type of benchmark. For example, Mozilla Dromaeo DOM is represented by the DOM category, while Peacekeeper, Kraken, and SunSpider are represented together under the JavaScript category.

Each category has four columns: winner, strong, acceptable, and weak. Winner is obviously the browser that achieves the highest scores in that  category. The strong column is for those browsers exhibiting superior performance, but no victory. Acceptable is for browsers that perform neither spectacularly nor poorly, but merely adequately. For tests that measure frame rates, a score near the 30 FPS range gets that browser filed into the acceptable column. The weak column is for browsers that perform poorly or substantially lower than competing products.

In the event of a tie in the analysis tables, we go back to the individual benchmarks and look at the raw difference in scores.

The Windows 7-based standings for Chrome 17, Firefox 10, Internet Explorer 9, Opera 11.61, and Safari 5.1.2 are found in the table below.

Windows 7 Analysis Table


Winner
Strong
Acceptable
Weak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup Time, Light
Safari

Chrome, Firefox, Opera
Internet Explorer
Startup Time, Heavy
Opera
Chrome
Firefox
Internet Explorer, Safari
Page Load Time, Uncached
Safari

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera

Page Load Time, Cached
Safari
Chrome
Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera

JavaScriptChrome
Firefox
Opera
Internet Explorer, Safari
DOMOpera

Firefox
Internet Explorer
CSSChrome
Safari
Opera, Internet Explorer
Firefox
FlashInternet Explorer
Opera, Safari
Chrome, Firefox

JavaFirefox

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

SilverlightChrome
Opera
Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

HTML5Firefox
Internet Explorer
Chrome
Opera, Safari
HTML5 Hardware AccelerationFirefox
Internet Explorer

Chrome, Opera, Safari
WebGLChrome
Firefox

Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari
Efficiency Benchmarks
Memory Usage, Light
Internet Explorer

Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Memory Usage, Heavy
Safari
Firefox
Opera, Chrome
Internet Explorer
Memory Management
Internet Explorer
Chrome, Firefox

Opera, Safari
Reliability Benchmarks
Proper Page Loads
Opera
Firefox, Safari
Chrome
Internet Explorer
Conformance Benchmarks
HTML5
Chrome
Firefox
Opera
Internet Explorer, Safari
JavaScript
Opera
Firefox, Chrome
Internet Explorer
Safari


Now, let's take a look at how Chrome 17, Firefox 10, and Opera 11.61 perform in Ubuntu 11.10.

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Analysis Table


Winner
Strong
Acceptable
Weak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup Time, Light
Firefox

Chrome, Opera

Startup Time, Heavy
Opera

Chrome, Firefox

Page Load Time, Uncached
Chrome
Opera
Firefox

Page Load Time, Cached
Chrome

Opera
Firefox
JavaScriptChrome
Firefox
Opera

DOMOpera

Chrome, Firefox

CSSChrome
Opera

Firefox
FlashFirefox
Chrome, Opera


JavaFirefox
Chrome, Opera


Silverlight


Chrome, Firefox, Opera
HTML5Chrome
Opera
Firefox

HTML5 Hardware AccelerationChrome


Firefox, Opera
WebGLFirefox


Chrome, Opera
Efficiency Benchmarks
Memory Usage, Light
Chrome

Firefox, Opera
Memory Usage, Heavy
Firefox

Opera
Chrome
Memory Management
Chrome
Firefox

Opera
Reliability Benchmarks
Proper Page Loads
Opera

Chrome
Firefox
Conformance Benchmarks
HTML5
Chrome
Firefox
Opera

JavaScript
Opera
Firefox, Chrome


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