Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, And Opera Next, Benchmarked

HTML5 And CSS3 Performance

HTML5

WebXPRT 2013 by Principled Technologies is now out of the consumer preview stage and officially live. This HTML5 benchmark is framed in the scenario of Web apps for productivity. Tests include photo effects and face detection to represent common tasks of an image editor, a stocks dashboard with tables and charts, and an offline notes app.

Add another win to the Firefox tally, though Chrome is so close that Mozilla nearly has a tie on its hands. IE10 and Opera Next are distant third- and fourth-place finishers (respectively), and Opera 12 is far behind the pack in last place. Once again, Opera Next appears to be taking the Norwegian browser in the right direction, posting nearly double the score of Opera 12.

This benchmark is a timedemo of the Impact HTML5 game, so it should be pretty indicative of casual, 2D HTML5-based titles.

IE10 pulls off an upset, achieving the highest score in Impact and beating Chrome by just 1100 points. Firefox places third, with the duo of Operas in tow. Next upstages the current version of Opera again, though not by nearly as much as in the productivity-oriented WebXPRT.

CSS3

Also returning to the WBGP is a CSS test. KaizouMark is a modern CSS3 benchmark that returns individual results for its five tests. The top set of bars is the sum of the five higher-is-better KaizouMark scores, while the remaining bars contain the individual test results.

Chrome takes the lead, with IE10 placing second. Firefox 22 winds up in third, Opera Next takes fourth, and Opera 12 isn't far behind in fifth.

HTML5/CSS3 Composite Score

Our HTML5/CSS3 composite score is made up of all three tests on this page.

Chrome 27 barely pulls ahead of second-place finisher Mozilla Firefox, with IE10 close behind in third. Trailing the pack is Opera Next in fourth place. Opera 12 falls to the bottom with a score of roughly half that of Chrome or Firefox.

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  • tomfreak
    I dont know how useful in this review when they are tested all the browser on a 1155 super computer, nobody is going to tell the diff if the browser is 0.25sec faster. Get some Brazos, Atom and run the test, these are the platform have problems with web browsing.
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  • Onus
    No, the Onus is not on Google; I'm using www.startpage.com for my searches.

    While this is interesting, I still encounter built-in pages (such as on routers or other network devices) that will not render cleanly in Firefox, but are perfect in IE. More often than not though, pages that would be filled with nuisance ads and popups are cleaned up nicely by Firefox with AdBlock+ and NoScript.
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  • soundping
    A good test is rendering a heavy site like Huffington Post. They use a ton of flash and java scripts.
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  • ivyanev
    While benchmarks are the way to compare browsers, they do not represent the feel you get- firefox might be faster but still feels sluggish compared to chrome or opera(the stable one).
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    I would like to see benchmarks on page start up, and load times comparing ssd, hard drives, and ram drives. Maybe I missed these an a previous article, but I feel since ssd's and ram drives are getting more popular, benchmarks should prove or dispel the the 'so called' benefits they bring.

    I have both and start up times for IE are quick but page load times are horrendously slow, whereas FF has slow start up times but superfast page load times. It's possible that add-ons are contributing to that.
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  • mikeynavy1976
    Ever since I have compared Firefox and Chrome I've always found Chrome to start much faster (I'm running the Dev channel and my wife uses the Stable channel and they both take maybe 1 - 2 seconds to start cold or hot). Only IE beats both of them. Maybe Firefox 22 is that much faster and worth a try, but seeing as Chrome did so well in most categories I'll probably stick with it.
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  • EzioAs
    Having move back to Firefox a couple years ago after Chrome, I don't intend to use Chrome (or any other browser) regularly anymore. I still give Chrome 2-3 tries a week (just to compare things) but Chrome isn't better than FF in 3 things:

    1) Pages load noticeably slower
    2) Memory usage is indeed high (as seen in the benchmark above)
    3) FF add-ons are much better than chrome extensions.

    I never noticed any startup time difference for both FF and Chrome; it's possible they're both fast enough that it doesn't even matter at this point. I also like the FF toolbars better although that's really more of a personal preference. I've never tried maxthon though; heard it's pretty good.
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  • beoza
    I've never really noticed a difference in browsers speed wise. Sure some load pages faster than others, and some have issues with certain pages. But in the end they all take me to the same place. I use Firefox 95% of the time at home with adblock+, if I encounter an issue I clear cache, if it still has issues I switch to IE 10, usually this is all I need to do but once in a while IE has problems with a page and I just move on to something else. At work I'm stuck using IE10. The speed of a browser can also be affected by other factors like the speed of your connection, how many devices are on your network, what tasks your doing on the computer at the same time like gaming, downloading, streaming movies (netflix, hulu), and your hardware. You're not going to get much responsiveness on a 5yr old celeron w/2gb ram and Win XP while you're downloading a game, watching youtube and the A/V suite scans your computer in the background, and there's 5 other people all sharing your 10Mbps network. Which describes probably 50% of the users out there in the real world.
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  • Someone Somewhere
    Opera Next (and every other browser) is a significant step down in terms of features/customization from the current version.

    I'll miss a hell of a lot of stuff when I move off Presto-based Opera.
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  • ElDani
    Well done on this test, I actually found the test results genuinely helpful and your summary/conclusion to be well thought out.

    Still, this test shows us once more, that no modern browser - I exclude Opera from this, since it isn't a maintained release anymore - must absolutely be replaced by the winner of such tests. If you don't mind performance weaknesses of the Internet Explorer in certain areas, or if your most-accessed websites don't require you to use a certain alternative, then even Microsoft's browser of choice can be okay for daily use (if only as an engine in products like Avant, Maxthon, etc).

    The one thing I'm a bit curious about: why does Opera Next suddenly behave so differently from Chrome? Yes, there's a difference between Chrome 27 (WebKit) and Opera Next (Blink = Chrome 28), but if that's the only reason for the browser's weaker showing, then the future of Chrome doesn't look too good. What's your take on this?
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  • tomfreak
    I dont know how useful in this review when they are tested all the browser on a 1155 super computer, nobody is going to tell the diff if the browser is 0.25sec faster. Get some Brazos, Atom and run the test, these are the platform have problems with web browsing.
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  • ikefu
    I've used FF for quite a while and have been very happy with the last few releases. Things definitely seems generally zippier and I've WAY less pages with load errors. I've also got my computer, tablet, and phone FireFox copies all sync'd together and love that it just works.
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  • varun706
    When the hell did Intel release an i5 3770K ?
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  • Someone Somewhere
    Quote:
    We're now on an Ivy Bridge-based Core i5


    I'm guessing it should have said i5-3570K.
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  • varun706
    Yep I'm gonna upgrade my Firefox.
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  • Jak Atackka
    Interesting test. I haven't heard of Opera Next, but now I'll definitely be keeping my eye on it. I use Google Chrome and have noticed it's slower loading speed (both to open Chrome and a webpage) the past update, and judging by the test results, the changes are significant.

    Can I make a request for your next test? Try comparing SSDs and HDDs in some of the tests, especially cold boot. They are becoming more and more popular, and at least with some of these tests, I imagine they do have a significant impact on performance.
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  • Someone Somewhere
    Opera Next is just the development/beta fork of Opera. They have the nice extra that you get separate data storage - you can have both installed at the same time.

    When the Chromium-based version becomes stable, it will be called Opera.
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  • Someone Somewhere
    Somewhat useless, yes. As they are from the same codebase they should perform relatively similar to on windows though.
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  • LordConrad
    Good on you Firefox, keep it up!

    I love customizability and plug-in support of Firefox. I also love the separate address and search bars. If I type "IBM" into the address bar I want to go directly to the website, if I want to search then I'll use the search bar. Unfortunately, whenever I install Firefox, I have to re-enable the "go directly to the website" ability in the address bar because, starting with Firefox 4, some dork at Mozilla changed the functionality of the address bar.
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  • Someone Somewhere
    You can do all that in Opera (though I'm still kind of lost as to why they keep the search bar, given they were the first to allow searching from the address bar).

    Up/down keys are your friend.

    One other pet peeve I have is that the autopredict in browsers have a habit of interpreting '192.168.1.1' as '192.168.1.104', if you visit the latter more frequently. Someone disable autopredict for IP addresses, and I will use your browser.
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  • csf60
    I always wondered why you don't test flash performance. Is it because it only depends on adobe flash player and not the browser?
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