Web Browser Grand Prix 3: IE9 Enters The Race

Performance Benchmarks: Page Load Times

As a result of requests from our readers sending in feedback, we've moved the Page Load Times test Web pages from the local hard drive of the test machine to a networked Web server. This makes the test environment much more applicable to the real world, yet still avoids the unexpected variability encountered when measuring page load times from live sites.

Google

Good old Firefox 3.6 is still the fastest Web browser when it comes to loading the world's most frequented Web page, Google.com. Microsoft's brand new IE 9 takes a second-place finish, followed by Opera and Safari. Surprisingly, Google's own Chrome is the slowest Web browser to load its own page.

YouTube

IE9 wins again, loading YouTube nearly 200 milliseconds before second-place finisher, Opera. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari come in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

Yahoo!

Google Chrome finally has a win here in WBGP3, beating Microsoft's latest by less than a hair. Safari places a respectable third, while Firefox and Opera bring up the rear, more than 400 milliseconds later than Safari.

Amazon

Internet Explorer 9 again takes the top spot, with arch-rival Firefox only ten milliseconds in tow. Chrome and Safari fill the third and fourth spot, with Opera trailing behind them by over 400 milliseconds

Twitter

IE9 kills the competition, loading Twitter in 286.2 milliseconds. Second-place finisher Safari takes nearly 450 ms to finish this test. Opera, Chrome, and Firefox round out the rankings.

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  • Will there be a " Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Enters The Race " after Firefox 4's release (22 Mar)?
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  • I like how this article was released one day before Firefox 4 is released.
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  • I wonder how much microsoft paid tomshardware not to include Firefox 4 RC1
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  • Now everyone is going to switch from Chrome to IE?
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  • Nice comparison Adam. I think people don't give MS credit for IE9 because of their history with web standards and lack of competition with updating their browser since they destroyed Netscape so many years ago. Hopefully they have their head in the game and continue with a somewhat constant update cycle. Currently the transition from IE8 to IE9 was somewhat FireFox'ish with speed instead of waiting for another revision of the OS. The browser definitely surprised me, some quirks here and there that are definitely noticeable and the Chrome/FF influence is obviously present. I wish them luck as the competition heats up.
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  • Will there be a " Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Enters The Race " after Firefox 4's release (22 Mar)?
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  • i felt the speed once i switched from firefox to chrome and now chrome to IE..
    but there is no mention of any addon/extentions for IE..
    i mean there is no comparision on who's got nice addons and startup time "with" addons.. since users tend to use web browsers with addons knowingly or un-knowingly..
    it would be better if you include those two comparisions as well.. and who takes advantage of GPU and all..
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  • Won't take that long for IE to lag behind.
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  • winner4455Won't take that long for IE to lag behind.

    lol
    maybe not!!
    and FFS why doesnt that "submit my comment" button not working in IE!! I am using chrome for that ;(
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  • I like how this article was released one day before Firefox 4 is released.
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  • duck it, i stick to firefox.
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  • Is there a wrong picture on the efficiency page? The 40tabs graph comes up as GUIMark 2?
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  • The 40 Tabs chart is wrong for Efficiency Benchmarks: Memory Usage And Management it shows flash vector charting.

    pirateboyI wonder how much microsoft paid tomshardware not to include Firefox 4 RC1

    Then they would have to include every random nightly build of every browser? Comparing the latest release is fair you'll always get one browser or two that is near a new stable version but that's just how it works.

    winner4455Won't take that long for IE to lag behind.

    depends in Microsoft moves up an update schedule that doesn't just include making the browser more secure and fixing bugs. IE8 was pretty snappy back when it was first out it got old in like 3 months compared to other browsers though.
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  • pirateboyI wonder how much microsoft paid tomshardware not to include Firefox 4 RC1

    We only test final products in the WBGP.
    andy5174Will there be a " Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Enters The Race " after Firefox 4's release (22 Mar)?

    turboflameI like how this article was released one day before Firefox 4 is released.

    Where are ya'll getting a set date from?
    illuminatuzi felt the speed once i switched from firefox to chrome and now chrome to IE..but there is no mention of any addon/extentions for IE.. i mean there is no comparision on who's got nice addons and startup time "with" addons.. since users tend to use web browsers with addons knowingly or un-knowingly..it would be better if you include those two comparisions as well.. and who takes advantage of GPU and all..

    We add/modify tests every time with the WBGP. We're already looking into those suggestions.
    ScanliaIs there a wrong picture on the efficiency page? The 40tabs graph comes up as GUIMark 2?

    Doh! Fixing that now.
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  • Wait a second. Did they really include Safari? Who uses Safari for Windows?
    (I'm assuming they tested the Windows version of Safari, because why would you compare browsers for different systems?)

    I'm sticking with Opera on my Windows machine and Safari on my Mac.
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  • To be honest I did not read this article, because you're using the "latest and greatest" browsers, but somehow jumped a day early and didn't wait for FF4. Maybe you mentioned it in the article, but if not, then was it really so bad to wait an additional 1-2 days to do this?
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  • ... don't know... but this all is not my experience... why there is no firefox 4.0 RC2 ????
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  • adamoveraWhere are ya'll getting a set date from?



    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/16/mozilla_ship_firefox_4_22_march/

    Although most websites link to this website, so perhaps it was nothing more than a rumor.
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  • 398673 said:
    Wait a second. Did they really include Safari? Who uses Safari for Windows? (I'm assuming they tested the Windows version of Safari, because why would you compare browsers for different systems?) I'm sticking with Opera on my Windows machine and Safari on my Mac.

    Opera sucks balls in memory management and lacks handy add-on such as Tab Mix Plus (which is same for Chrome). I would definitely move to Opera if it has these 2 issues fixed.
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  • https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/4/Beta

    This article looks like a case of premature e.. something.
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  • andy5174http://groups.google.com/group/moz [...] 9e9650b1b3

    On the 16th he said RC1 would become the final code on the 22nd, but they released an RC2 since. I don't believe them anymore. Where is an official announcement or press release? RC1 was supposed to be here in November 2010. WBGP3 was going to feature FF4 at the end of 2010, then again at the end of this Feb. IE9 gave a date, so WBGP3 was made to coincide with its release. IF Firefox 4 launches tomorrow, it's purely coincidental. We stopped holding the WBGP series up for FF4 when MS officially gave their IE9 release date.
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