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Benchmark Analysis

Web Browser Grand Prix VIII: Chrome 16, Firefox 9, And Mac OS X
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In our last installment, Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Opera 11.51, we completely dropped the raw placing tables in favor of the analysis tables that more closely reflect the scale of victory. Let's quickly take a moment to go over what these mean.

The analysis tables hold categories for each type of benchmark. For example, Mozilla Dromaeo DOM is represented by the DOM category, while Peacekeeper, the Krakens, and SunSpiders 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 for the 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 their competitors.

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

The Windows 7-based standings for Chrome 16, Firefox 9, Internet Explorer 9, Opera 11.60, and Safari 5.1.2 are found in the table below.

Windows 7 Analysis Table


Winner
Strong
Acceptable
Weak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup Time, Light
SafariChrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera

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


Page Load Time, Cached
Chrome
Safari
Firefox, Opera
Internet Explorer
JavaScriptChrome
Firefox
Opera
Internet Explorer, Safari
DOMOpera
Chrome, Firefox
Safari
Internet Explorer
CSSSafari
Chrome
Internet Explorer, Opera
Firefox
FlashSafari
Internet Explorer, Opera
Chrome, Firefox

JavaFirefox
Chrome
Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

SilverlightOpera

Firefox, Internet ExplorerChrome, Safari
HTML5Internet Explorer
Firefox
Chrome, Safari
Opera
HTML5 Hardware AccelerationInternet Explorer
Firefox

Chrome, Opera, Safari
WebGLFirefox

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

Memory Usage, Heavy
Safari

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

Internet Explorer, Safari
JavaScript
Opera
Firefox
Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari


Now let's see how Chrome 16, Firefox 9, Opera 11.60, and Safari 5.1.2 fare on the MacBook Air's native platform of Mac OS X.

Mac OS X (Lion) Analysis Table


Winner
Strong
Acceptable
Weak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup Time, Light
Safari
Firefox
Chrome
Opera
Startup Time, Heavy
Firefox
Opera
Chrome, Safari

Page Load Time, Uncached
Chrome
Firefox
Safari
Opera
Page Load Time, Cached
Safari
Chrome
Firefox, Opera

JavaScriptChrome
Firefox
Safari
Opera
DOMFirefox
Chrome, Safari
Opera

CSSSafari
Chrome
Opera
Firefox
FlashFirefox

Chrome, Opera, Safari

JavaOpera

Safari
Chrome, Firefox
SilverlightSafari


Chrome, Firefox, Opera
HTML5Safari

Chrome, Opera
Firefox
HTML5 Hardware AccelerationSafari


Chrome, Firefox, Opera
WebGL

Chrome, Firefox
Opera, Safari
Efficiency Benchmarks
Memory Usage, Light
Safari

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


Firefox, Opera, Safari
Reliability Benchmarks
Proper Page Loads
Opera
Firefox
Chrome, Safari

Conformance Benchmarks
HTML5
Chrome
Firefox, Opera
Safari

JavaScript
Opera
Firefox
Chrome, Safari


Without further ado, let's crown our Web Browser Grand Prix VIII champions.

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