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Test System Specs And Software Setup

Web Browser Grand Prix: Firefox 15, Safari 6, OS X Mountain Lion
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Hardware Setup

Test System Specs
Operating System 1
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Operating System 2
Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 (64-bit)
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz (quad-core)
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 (F10 BIOS)
Memory
8 GB Crucial DDR3 @ 1333 MT/s (2 x 4 GB)
Graphics
Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 (PCIe 2.0 x16)
Storage
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
Optical
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Power Supply
Corsair TX750W (750 W max)
Case
Zalman MS-1000 HS2
CPU Cooler
Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B
Keyboard
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K320
Mouse
Logitech Wireless Trackball M570


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The following table contains the system specs of the local Web server used for our Start and Page Load tests, as well as JSGameBench.

Local Web Server Specs
Operating System
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server Edition "Precise Pangolin" (32-bit)
Processor
Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.41 GHz
Motherboard
Biostar P4M80-M4
Memory
768 MB DDR @ 333 MHz
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 128 MB DDR (AGP)
Storage
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJD, 160 GB EIDE, 7200 RPM
Optical 1
Hitachi-LG DVD GDR-8163B
Optical 2
Hitachi-LG CD-RW GCE-8483B
Extra PackagesApache2, MySQL Client, MySQL Server, PHP5, PHP-GD, PHP5-MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, SSH, Node.js, NPM


The table below holds additional information on the test network.

Network Specs
ISP Service
Cox Preferred (18 Mb/s down, 2 Mb/s up)
Modem
Motorola SURFboard SBS101U
Router
Linksys WRT54G2 V1

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Software Setup

Both test installations were freshly installed and fully updated as of midnight on August 25th, 2012. Power management and automatic updates were disabled before testing.

All the software we installed, including the exact version number of the browsers tested, is listed in the table below.

Software
Version
Chrome
21.0.1180.83
Firefox
15.0
Internet Explorer
9.0.8112.16421
Opera
12.02 (build 1578)
Safari
6.0 (8536.25)
Adobe Flash
11.4.402.265
Microsoft Silverlight5.1.10411.0
Nvidia Driver (Windows-only)
301.42
Oracle Java (Windows-only)
7.0.70
Java for OS X (OS X-only)
2012-004
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