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Test System Specs And Software Setup

RoboHornet: The Next Big Thing In Browser Benchmarking
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Hardware Setup

Desktop Test System Specs
Operating System 1
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)

Operating System 2
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise RTM (64-bit)

Operating System 3
Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 (64-bit)

Operating System 4
Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Precise Pangolin (64-bit)

Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz (quad-core)
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 (F10 BIOS)
Memory
8 GB Crucial DDR3 @ 1333 MT/s (2 x 4 GB)
Graphics
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 (PCIe 2.0 x16)
Storage
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
Optical
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Power Supply
Corsair TX750W (750 W max)
Case
Zalman MS-1000 HS2
CPU Cooler
Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B
Keyboard
Logitech Wireless Keyboard K320
Mouse
Logitech Wireless Trackball M570


We used a fully updated Asus Transformer TF300T tablet running the latest version of Android Jelly Bean (4.1.1) for the Android tests.

Tablet Test System Specs
Model
Asus Transformer TF300T
Operating System
Google Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

Display
10.1" LED-Backlit WXGA IPS (1280x800)
ProcessorNvidia Tegra 3 (quad-core)
Memory
1 GB
Storage
32 GB
Network
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz


The table below holds additional information on the test network.

Network Specs
ISP Service
Cox Preferred (18 Mb/s down, 2 Mb/s up)
Modem
Motorola SURFboard SBS101U
Router
Linksys WRT54G2 V1

Software Setup

The Web browsers, operating systems, drivers, and other supporting apps were fully updated as of midnight on September 24, 2012 (Eastern Daylight Time). Screensaver and power management options are disabled in each operating system before testing.

All the software we installed, including the exact version number of the browsers tested, is listed in the table below.

Software
Version
Chrome
21.0.1180.89 m
Firefox
15.0.1
Internet Explorer 9
9.0.8112.16421
Internet Explorer 9 (64-bit)
9.0.8112.16421 64-bit Edition
Internet Explorer 10 RTM
10.0.9200.16384
Opera
12.02 (build 1578)
Safari
6.0.1 (8536.26.14)
Nvidia Driver (Windows-only)
306.23


Methodology

Per the RoboHornet homepage, each browser is tested with no other tabs or applications open. Due to the long duration of this benchmark and the short runway we had prior to publication, the charts contain the result of just one iteration. However, we perform a second, unrecorded iteration in order to verify that the first result is repeatable within acceptable variance.

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