Web Browser Grand Prix 2: The Top 5 Tested And Ranked

Benchmark Results: Page Load Times

Our Page Load Time tests underwent some changes since the last Web Browser Grand Prix. We've updated the lineup to reflect the top five most visited Web sites, according to Quantcast. The new selection includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, and MSN. These sites were saved to the hard drive on June 19th, 2010.

Run from the hard drive, this set of tests provides a controlled laboratory perspective on the theoretical, best-case-scenario page load times, and therefore may differ greatly from real-world performance.

Google

Google's browser is the fastest at loading the Google homepage, followed closely by its WebKit cousin, Apple Safari. Firefox and IE8 take third and fourth, while Opera drags far behind, almost doubling Mozilla's time.

Facebook

Firefox manages to load the Facebook homepage the fastest. Chrome follows by 20 milliseconds, with Internet Explorer another twenty behind Chrome. Safari takes fifty milliseconds longer than IE, and Opera comes in last.

Yahoo!

Chrome takes back the top spot for Yahoo! page load time, trailed this time by the browsers from Microsoft and Apple. Struggling to keep up is Opera, and then Firefox.

YouTube

Chrome yet again takes the gold by a solid margin, followed by Firefox and Opera in a near dead heat. IE8 is just 20 ms behind Opera, while Safari flounders at over five hundred milliseconds.

MSN

Chrome finishes first for a fourth time in our page load tests. IE has another good showing at second place. Safari is in third with Opera closely in tow. Firefox is again defeated, finishing last and taking nearly twice as long as Opera.

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  • I've been using Firefox for about to two years now. I can't get enough of adblock plus. One of my favorite plug-ins.
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  • FF4 also has hardware acceleration
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  • But you know what, apple said they have the world's fastest browser. I think we should just pack up and call it a day. The spoken word of god is indisputable...
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  • July 7th - Firefox 4 beta released.
    Tom's impending road test STILL BEHIND THE TIMES
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  • I agree. Firefox 4 was supposed to have the major speed up (especially in startup time.)
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  • But you know what, apple said they have the world's fastest browser. I think we should just pack up and call it a day. The spoken word of god is indisputable...
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  • FF4 also has hardware acceleration
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  • I'm very happy to see my beloved Firefox's performance.Whatever people say about Opera and Chrome, Firefox is the best IMO.And Apple is proved to be a liar from this article.
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  • Honestly, does browser speed matter?
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  • Forgot to add:I cant wait for the final release of FF 4!
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  • Great review,
    Have to wait for FF4 release to see how it performs compared to others
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  • I've been using Firefox for about to two years now. I can't get enough of adblock plus. One of my favorite plug-ins.
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  • lmao @ FFfanboys other review sites posted FF4 numbers, its performance is pathetic to say the least.
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  • @Lady slayer, and Boi, this is only for stable releases. Notice that Chrome 6 is not benchmarked. FF4 is a beta, the final product is a long ways off. Judging on what they promising and what they implemented so far in the beta and nightly builds, I wouldn't be surprised if FF4 was delayed until early next year.
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  • FF Fanboys always will be biases fanboys, but the fact is:
    Chrome and Opera are the best ones, the others are just slugs in a F1 race.
    That's the truth. Period.
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  • I care not for speed, but for usability. Chrome's minimalistic design fits my simple needs.
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  • Using the Windows Task Manager to measure memory usage is flawed. Browsers like Chrome that use multiple processors will be incorrectly shown to use more memory than they actually are because of how memory is shared between each process. See http://google-chrome-browser.com/chromium-memory-usage-0 for more information.
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  • Used Firefox for yearssss. Just started using chrome a couple months ago and can't go back to slow ugly Firefox. Love the single address and search bar, tabs on top, minimalist design and speed of chrome.
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  • First can we have an article like this every month or so, just like the graphics cards for the money articles?

    Second, to sum up the article imo, IE is a clear loser, Safari comes 4th trailing Firefox in 3rd, while Chrome and Opera are up ahead, close enough to say that they share 1st and 2nd, depending on updates.
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  • Considering how many websites are yet to be optimised, crash or just do not work for Google Chrome I fail to understand how it can be classed as a winner. When it comes to everyday use for me Chrome is way behind other more established browsers.
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  • Firefox for Windows, Firefox for Mac OS X, Firefox for Linux & Firefox FTW.
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  • How can Opera be #1 when they don't even have a simple ad-blocker? Functionality is much more important than a few ms of loading.
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  • I started using Opera on this computer and have loved it ever since. It's just... nice I suppose. Speed-wise 10.50 was quite a bit slower than Chrome, although when I upgraded to 10.60, I could feel a bit of a speed boost.
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