Three major released have landed since our last impromptu Web Browser Grand Prix (WBGP4): Chrome 12, Firefox 5, and Opera 11.50. Can Chrome or Opera regain the WBGP championship? Will Mozilla Firefox ever overtake Microsoft's IE9 in the rankings?
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration
First-place finisher Firefox 5 manages to slide past IE9 in Microsoft's own Psychedelic Browsing benchmark. Far behind in third place is Chrome with a score of only 24 points. Opera and Safari take fourth and fifth, with scores of 13 and 8, respectively.
Hardware Acceleration Stress Test
Firefox 5 again ties with IE9 for first place in Mozilla's Hardware Acceleration Stress Test, both earning the maximum score of 60+ frames per second. Chrome barely comes in third at 19 FPS, with Opera closely following at 18 FPS. Safari flounders in last place with a score of only four frames per second.
The slight edge in HTML5 hardware acceleration goes to Firefox 5 over IE9.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are in a near-tie for first place with scores of 59.2 FPS and 58.9 FPS, respectively.
Chrome 12 hits 60 frames per second in the WebGL Aquarium demo, while Firefox 5 only manages to reach 32 FPS.
Google's Web browser appears to handle WebGL measurably better than Mozilla's.
- The Web Browser Grand Prix, Part 5
- The Lineup
- Web Browser Grand Prix Setup
- Performance Benchmarks: Startup Time
- Performance Benchmarks: Page Load Times
- Performance Benchmarks: Flash, Java, Silverlight
- Performance Benchmarks: HTML5
- Performance Benchmarks: HTML5 Hardware Acceleration And WebGL
- Efficiency Benchmarks: Memory Usage And Management
- Efficiency Benchmarks: Battery Life
- Reliability Benchmarks: Proper Page Loads
- Final Placing Tables
- Analysis And Conclusion