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Test Setup And Benchmark Suite

Which Web Browser Is Best Under Windows 8?
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With the exception of a new cable modem, our test setup hasn't changed since the last time we ran the Grand Prix.

Test Setup And Benchmark Suite

Test System Specs
Operating System 1
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation (64-bit)
Wiindows 8 DesktopWiindows 8 Desktop
Operating System 2
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
Windows 7 DesktopWindows 7 Desktop
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
Monitor
HP 2509b 25-inch LCD (1920x1080)
Keyboard
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K320
Mouse
Logitech Wireless Trackball M570
Local Web Server Specs
Operating System
Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Server Edition "Precise Pangolin" (32-bit)
Processor
Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.41 GHz
Motherboard
Biostar P4M80-M4
Memory
768 MB DDR @ 333 MT/s
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 128 MB DDR (AGP)
Storage
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJD, 160 GB EIDE, 7200 RPM
Extra Packages
Apache2, MySQL Client, MySQL Server, PHP5, PHP-GD, PHP5-MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, SSH, Node.js, NPM
Network Specs
ISP Service
Cox Preferred (18 Mb/s down, 2 Mb/s up)
Modem
Arris Touchstone Telephony Modem TM502G
Router
Linksys WRT54G2 V1
Benchmark Suite
Page Load Time
Cold Start Time (Yahoo! homepage, Cached)
Hot Start Time (Yahoo! homepage, Cached)
Cold Start Time (Eight Tabs, Cached)
Hot Start Time (Eight Tabs, Cached)
Uncached Load Time (Eight Test Pages)
Cached Load Time (Eight Test Pages)
HTML5
GUIMark2 HTML5 (Four Tests)
Asteroids HTML5 Canvas 2D And JavaScript
HTML5 Canvas Performance Test
Impact HTML5 Benchmark
CSS
CSS Stress Test And Performance Profiling - CSS Speed Test
CSS Stress Test And Performance Profiling - CSS3 Speed Test
Maze Solver
JavaScript
RIABench JavaScript (Eight Tests)
Apple SunSpider v0.9.1 (Google Mod)
Mozilla Kraken v1.1
Futuremark Peacekeeper v2.0
DOM
Mozilla Dromaeo DOM Core
Hardware AccelerationFacebook JSGameBench v0.4.1
WebVizBench
Psychedelic Browsing
Mozilla WebGL FishIE Tank
Chrome Experiments WebGL Solar System
Memory Efficiency
Memory Usage (Single Tab)
Memory Usage (40 Tabs)
Memory Management (-39 Tabs)
Memory Management (-39 Tabs, Two Additional Minutes)
Reliability
Proper Page Loads
SecurityBrowserscope Security
Standards ConformanceHTML5Test.com
The CSS3 Test
Ecmascript Language test262


Although applicable links are included in the table above, we've also created a delicious account dedicated to chronicling links to Web Browser Grand Prix benchmarks. We removed the Responsiveness measurement because they're too subjective and too difficult to properly gauge on the modern test system. Detailed methodologies are explained on the individual benchmark pages.

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