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

Benchmark Results: JavaScript

SunSpider v0.9.1

Opera is the clear winner in the latest version of WebKit's SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. Trailing by one hundred milliseconds is Chrome, with Safari close behind in third. Fourth place finisher Firefox is nearly three times slower than the top three, while IE8 is just completely off the charts, taking more than five times longer to finish than Mozilla.

Google V8 Benchmark v5

As we might have predicted, Google Chrome scores the most points in the company's V8 benchmark. Opera comes in 450 points behind Chrome's score, while third-place finisher Safari trails the leader by over one thousand points. Firefox earns just shy of 300 points. Again in last place, IE8 receives a score of slightly over sixty.

JSBenchmark

The placing in JSBenchmark closely resembles that of the Google V8 test. Chrome again places first by a significant margin, but this time Apple's Safari slightly edges out Opera for second place. Firefox fills fourth place with IE8 floundering behind in fifth.

Mozilla Dromaeo JavaScript

Once again, Opera displays troubling results. It is simply too far ahead of the other contenders for this score to be valid. Chrome therefore becomes the winner here, with second-place Safari pulling in less than half the number of runs per second. Firefox takes fourth with just shy of sixty runs per second, while Internet Explorer scores fifty.

On a side note, Chrome v5.0.375.86 also displayed seriously skewed results in this test--almost a thousand more runs than Opera! However, the slight version change to 5.0.375.99 brought the outcome back in line with reality.

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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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