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Web Browser Grand Prix 5: Opera 11.50, Firefox 5, And Chrome 12
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Test System Specs

64-bit Desktop Test System
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Processor
Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.8 GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD7 (F7 BIOS)
Memory
8 GB Crucial DDR3 @ 1333 MT/s (2 x 4 GB)
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 4870 Reference Board 512 MB GDDR5 (PCEe 2.0)
Storage
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 RPM
Optical
Asus DRW-241ST/BLK/B/AS
Power Supply
Corsair TX750W (750 W)
Chassis
Zalman MS1000-HS2
CPU Cooler
Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B


Starting with this article, we're adding a battery life benchmark to the WBGP. Obviously, the desktop test system doesn't work for this type of metric, so we pulled out the old first-gen Dell Inspiron Mini 10v for this new test.

32-bit Netbook Test System
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
Model
Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (first-generation)
Processor
Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6 GHz
Memory
1 GB DDR2-533
Graphics
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Storage
120 GB HDD 2.5-inch 5400 RPM SATA 3Gb/s


Both our page load time tests and the new Facebook JSGameBench are server/client benchmarks and require a local Web server. For this, we polished up one of our finest old beige boxen, installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server, and connected it to our LAN.

Local Server Specs
Operating System
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx Server Edition (32-bit)
Processor
AMD Athlon @ 1150 MHZ
Motherboard
Soyo Dragon Platinum
Memory
512 MB DDR
Graphics
AMD Radeon 9550 256 MB DDR
Storage
40 GB Western Digital HDD WD400BB
Optical
Samsung DVD-ROM SD-616T
Additional Packages
Apache2, MySQL Client, MySQL Server, PHP5, PHP-GD, PHP5-MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, SSH, node.jes, NPM, socket.io


Setup

Before testing, Windows 7 was fully updated to Service Pack 1 on 6/20/11 for the 64-bit desktop test system, and on 6/25/2011 for the 32-bit netbook test system. On both test systems, power management was set to never engage and all Action Center notifications were disabled. The table below lists all the additional software installed onto the test systems, including drivers, plug-ins, and the Web browsers:

Additional Software
Version
AMD Catalyst
11.6
Adobe Flash
10.3.181.26
Microsoft Silverlight
4.0.60531.0
Oracle Java
6.0.260
Apple Safari
5.05 (7533.21.1)
Google Chrome
12.0.742.112
Microsoft Internet Explorer
9.0.8112.16421
Mozilla Firefox
5.0
Opera
11.50 (build 1074)


Methodology

The computer was restarted and allowed to warm-up before benchmarking the next browser. Other than the conformance benchmarks, all of our final scores are an average of several iterations. More iterations were run on tests that have short durations, lower scales, and/or higher variations. The table below lists all of the 37 benchmarks in the current WBGP test suite, along with the number of iterations performed for each test.

Test
Iterations
Performance Benchmarks (27)
Startup Time (1 Tab and 8 Tabs)5
Page Load Time (Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, MSN)5
Peacekeeper3
Kraken v1.13
SunSpider v0.9.13
Dromaeo DOM3
Maze Solver3
Flash Benchmark 2008 v1.09.1
3
GUIMark2 Flash (Vector Charting, Bitmap Gaming, Text Columns)
5
GUIMark Java 5 Swing
5
Encog Silverlight Benchmark
5
Facebook JSGameBench v4.1
3
GUIMark2 HTML5 (Vector Charting 1 pixel, Bitmap Gaming, Text Columns)
5
Asteroids HTML5 Canvas And JavaScript 2D
3
Psychedelic Browsing
3
Hardware Acceleration Stress Test
3
Khronos Particles
5
WebGL Aquarium
5
Efficiency Benchmarks (5)
Memory Usage (1 Tab, 40 Tabs)
3
Memory Management (-39 Tabs 5 minutes, -39 Tabs 10 minutes)
3
Battery Life
3
Reliability Benchmarks (1)
Proper Page Loads
3
Conformance Benchmarks (4)
Sputnik v2
1
Acid3
1
CSS3 Selectors Test
1
HTML5Test.com
1


Additional details about a specific benchmark can be found on the corresponding benchmark results page.

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