Web Browser Grand Prix 2: Running The Linux Circuit

Benchmark Results: JavaScript

Google V8 Benchmark v5

As always, Google places first in its V8 benchmark. But this time it's 200 ms behind the browser's Windows 7 score. Opera earns a close second, just 350 points behind Chrome. At over 2100 points in Ubuntu, Opera comes very close to its Windows 7 score of 2210. Firefox flounders in third with fewer than 200 points, almost half of what Mozilla's browser received in Windows.

JSBenchmark

In the JSBenchmark, Opera 10.60 finally achieves a solid victory over its arch-rival for speed, Google Chrome. The Norwegian browser gets a score just under 300, while Chrome only bags 233 points. However, Chrome's Windows 7 score is still the highest in this benchmark (about 100 points higher than its second-place Ubuntu finish). Firefox earns just over 90 points, thirty less than in Windows 7.

Mozilla Dromaeo JavaScript

Remember that the we have replaced Opera's original Windows 7 score of almost 2000 with an updated score after Mozilla applied fixes to Dromaeo that prevent JavaScript engines from 'gaming' the benchmark.

Unlike in Windows 7, Opera for Linux did not give a ridiculous result in the Dromaeo JavaScript Benchmark, even before the fixes were enabled by Mozilla.

Barely edging out Google Chrome by four points, Opera on Ubuntu still can't match Chrome's Windows 7 score of 290. Mozilla Firefox again comes in last, only managing half of what it earned in Windows 7.

SunSpider v0.9.1

In an unanticipated upset, Opera wins a majority of the JavaScript benchmarks, taking the category from Google Chrome. The SunSpider results for Ubuntu closely mirror the Windows scores, with Opera having a minor edge over Chrome in both OSes (though the Windows 7 scores are better in both cases). Firefox is yet again the distant third-place finisher. Mozilla's Web browser gets a shocking 4200 points, much worse than its 1500 in Windows 7.

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  • adamovera
    weirdguy99Why not put firefox 4 into the equation?

    micr0beyes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.

    When it's final, I'll test it.
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  • Tamz_msc
    The article that I was waiting for.How the tables have turned!
    Conclusion:Firefox is quite capable in both Linux and Windows.
    I'm using Firefox 4 beta and I find it pretty quick.
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  • micr0be
    yes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.
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  • opmopadop
    Interesting how FireFox chose to sacrifice speed for memory.
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  • adamovera
    weirdguy99Why not put firefox 4 into the equation?

    micr0beyes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.

    When it's final, I'll test it.
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  • Tamz_msc
    DamdamanI'll get berated for this I'm sure but will we see an OSX article on browsers as well?

    You are kidding,right?
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  • arnweb
    Opera Turbo feature, is not mentioned here, it can boost speed in real surf. And also when we open a closed tab in Opera it opens them instantly, that's why Opera holds memory for closed, tab.
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  • Sihastru
    Opera still can't render pages properly, still can't print content properly, and we waste our time with senseless tests of imperceptible speed.
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  • The_King
    I dont think anyone using firefox will change to another browser even if it is Faster. I love my firefox :)
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  • Tamz_msc
    Wow, Chrome uses more memory than Crysis on my computer. :lol:
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  • Tamz_msc
    arnwebOpera Turbo feature, is not mentioned here, it can boost speed in real surf. And also when we open a closed tab in Opera it opens them instantly, that's why Opera holds memory for closed, tab.

    Opera Turbo increases page load times on slow connections.On my 2Mbps connection the time in which Opera Turbo connects to its servers is the time in which Google loads in Firefox.
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  • lradunovic77
    I still don't see a point of this test especially as hardware gets better and better. Computer which runs on SSD or Raid SSD with 20Mb/s Internet Connection don't matter what browser you're on cause you can't see a damn difference.
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  • LaloFG
    Then all browsers lie except Opera hehehe, don't blame me, or whatever, that don't change the result: The fast browser in the knowing universe.
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  • haplo602
    I guess the tab recycle bin is responsible for high opera mem usage even after the tabs are closed. however I have not yet found a way to disable it so it gets to normal memory management. however I love the feature, to the mem issue is not that big a deal for me...

    also this is a nitpick, but please do name the article the ubuntu circuit. I do not think the results will be 100% identical on other linux distros.
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  • whiz
    Gratuliere is probably what you meant...
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  • Anonymous
    No. "Gratulerer" is norwegian, so is Opera ;-)
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  • ta152h
    Does Linux even matter? Outside of hippies, does anyone use it?
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  • tntom
    Looks like if you have a system with less ram FF is your choice browser. But overall it is stomped by Chrome.

    I too am using FF4 beta. It is noticeably faster with page load times than FF3. But I agree about only testing final releases.

    Thanks Adam Overa for including Linux in the Grand Prix.
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  • WarraWarra
    haplo602 +1
    Correct depends on GCC version installed + lots of other factors and source compile or bin and who / what did the bin on what config.

    With Mozilla now using gcc 4.5.* the 3.6.6 firefox is slower than ie6 in xp.
    Upgraded to 3.5.11 and 3.0.18 on 2 xp boxes I have from 3.6.6 , about to do the same in my linux boxes.

    The gcc 4.5.* optimization issues is bitting hard on Mozilla.

    Firefox 4 beta has same gcc 4.5.* issues = slow.

    Someone at Mozilla will have to source build a complete gcc 4.5.* distro and build it about 3 times over on same code to make sure all is included / properly optimized + pray it is working correctly.

    Arch linux had GCC 4.5.* integrated already so should be a good place for mozilla to start from.

    Can not stand Opera appearance and layout too much vista / win7 feel. Used to love opera way back just after we lost netscape.

    Nice to see Opera coming back in win + lin.
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  • WarraWarra
    ta152hDoes Linux even matter? Outside of hippies, does anyone use it?


    LOL good question.
    With Win vista annoying so many a lot of people jumped to linux dual boot or just linux. Win7 has caused another major wave of new linux users + recession made allot of people think about $500 for Microsoft office that messes up their old word documents ect and free openoffice / koffice etc. in linux.

    So free properly working office pc operating system + office apps so might as well go linux instead of $1300 to win7 replace 90% of your software and pray it works + then still loose half your data with win7 issues / bugs.

    And you can do this from a live cd or dvd no need to install makes it very attractive. Can also read / write to ntfs hfs+ and other partitions even with vista / win7 locks enabled, makes getting to your data and formating your win7 much easier when vista /win7 constantly fails to works / boot.

    Linux is good not great not excellent but for office use 100 times better than Vista /win7.
    Gaming in linux is still bad or about the same as Vista / win7 so have to dual boot and play game in XP.
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  • adamovera
    @lucideer
    I hear ya, I hear all of ya, promise. This article HAD to match WBGP2 in order to do the comparison - any cool, do-able changes suggested in the comments of WBGP2 and WBGP2:Linux will occur for WBGP3, if humanly possible. They're not useless, I'm sure 4GB is about the average amount for TH readers. Also, we did remove the memory testing and standards testing results from the final speed-only result, we left them in for the overall results. So there are two finals, if you don't like the memory testing, ignore the overall winner and go with the speed king.
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