Web Browser Grand Prix: Chrome 20, Opera 12, Firefox 13

Chrome, Firefox, IE9, Opera, And Safari

Previous Web Browser Grand Prix Champions

Since the results of the Web Browser Grand Prix have always been very platform-dependent, we're splitting the list of champions to only include the current operating system; in this case, Windows 7.

Web Browser Grand Prix
Champion

Web Browser Grand Prix: The Top Five, Tested And Ranked



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



Web Browser Grand Prix 3:  IE9 Enters The Race


Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Goes Final


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


Web Browser Grand Prix VI: Firefox 6, Chrome 13, Mac OS X Lion


Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Opera 11.51


Web Browser Grand Prix VIII: Chrome 16, Firefox 9, And Mac OS X


Web Browser Grand Prix 9: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, And Ubuntu



Chrome also earned two wins under Ubuntu, Safari achieved two running in OS X, Opera saw success with Windows XP, and each remains the reigning champion for those platforms. Firefox is our most recent Windows 7 winner, but with three victories each, if either Firefox or Chrome pulls ahead today, we'll have a more distinguished reign.

Current Web Browser Grand Prix Contenders





Chrome
Vendor:
Google
Debut:
9/02/2008
Current Version:
20
Layout Engine:
WebKit
JavaScript Engine:
V8
Supported Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration:
Yes
WebGL:
Yes
Windows 7 WBGP Championships:
3
Total WBGP Championships:
5
Download Chrome!


Chrome 20 on Windows 7Chrome 20 on Windows 7




Firefox
Vendor:
Mozilla
Debut:
11/09/2004
Current Version:
13
Layout Engine:
Gecko 2.0
JavaScript Engine:
JaegerMonkey
Supported Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
HTML Hardware Acceleration:
Yes
WebGL:
Yes
Windows 7 WBGP Championships:
3
Total WBGP Championships:
3
Download Firefox!


Firefox 13.0.1 on Windows 7Firefox 13.0.1 on Windows 7



Internet Explorer
Vendor:
Microsoft
Debut:
8/16/1995
Current Version:
9
Layout Engine:
Trident
JavaScript Engine:
Chakra
Supported Platforms:
Windows (Vista and 7)
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration:
Yes
WebGL:
No
Windows 7 WBGP Championships:
2
Total WBGP Championships:
2
Download Internet Explorer!


Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7





Opera
Vendor:
Opera Software
Debut:
12/09/1996
Current Version:
12.00
Layout Engine:
Presto
JavaScript Engine:
Carakan
Supported Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration:
No
WebGL:
No
Windows 7 WBGP Championships:
1
Total WBGP Championships:
2
Download Opera!


Opera 12 on Windows 7Opera 12 on Windows 7



Safari
Vendor:
Apple
Debut:
1/07/2003
Current Version:
5.1.7
Layout Engine:
WebKit 2
JavaScript Engine:
Nitro
Supported Platforms:
Windows, OS X, iOS
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration:
OS X-only
WebGL:
No
Windows 7 WBGP Championships:
0
Total WBGP Championships:
2
Download Safari!


Safari 5.1.7 on Windows 7Safari 5.1.7 on Windows 7

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  • 1.what the benchmarks dont show is that in Firefox , if a tab has a heavy page with a lot of CPU intensive workload, the complete browser UI starts stuttering. That means the browser UI is on the same thread as the page loading.

    2. in the 40 tab test, try working in a tab during the loading of the 40 tabs. you will find lots of difference between browsers. FF hangs, Opera and Chrome remain fluid.

    3. how about a test where a browser is using 1GB+ RAM and you are trying to open/close tabs. Then see the UI responsiveness. most browsers can easily handle 800MB RAM. but which browser easily handles 1.2GB+ RAM ?
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  • How many firefox users dont use ADblockPlus ? very very less.Also ABP developer is a regular contributor to the Firefox source code.
    maybe you should do a few memory benchmarks with ABP installed just to realistically judge what 99.99% of FF users go through.
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  • WTF Chrome is already on 20?? It ninja updated to 19 just a few days ago..
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  • 1.what the benchmarks dont show is that in Firefox , if a tab has a heavy page with a lot of CPU intensive workload, the complete browser UI starts stuttering. That means the browser UI is on the same thread as the page loading.

    2. in the 40 tab test, try working in a tab during the loading of the 40 tabs. you will find lots of difference between browsers. FF hangs, Opera and Chrome remain fluid.

    3. how about a test where a browser is using 1GB+ RAM and you are trying to open/close tabs. Then see the UI responsiveness. most browsers can easily handle 800MB RAM. but which browser easily handles 1.2GB+ RAM ?
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  • IE9 does so good on HTML5 HWA accelerated benchmarks because its able to offload more of the processing to the GPU.

    i tested this and found that during a HTML5 benchmark, IE9 had the least CPU usage, and most GPU usage amongst all the browsers.
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  • How many firefox users dont use ADblockPlus ? very very less.Also ABP developer is a regular contributor to the Firefox source code.
    maybe you should do a few memory benchmarks with ABP installed just to realistically judge what 99.99% of FF users go through.
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  • WTF Chrome is already on 20?? It ninja updated to 19 just a few days ago..
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  • i won't ever use a browser a browser WITHOUT AD BLOCK Plus. (ABP)

    ABP works wonderful on Firefox, i RARELY see any ad. While I have used ABP on Chrome BUT its doesn't block half the ads.
    I know its Not Google's fault, its just that ABP developers are putting more effort with Firefox.

    So for me, Firefox > Chrome.
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  • @mayankleoboy1: 1+2) Interesting, I'll be looking for that next time 3) That would require a different workload for each browser.
    IE9 does so good on HTML5 HWA accelerated benchmarks because its able to offload more of the processing to the GPU. i tested this and found that during a HTML5 benchmark, IE9 had the least CPU usage, and most GPU usage amongst all the browsers.

    Really interesting, what utility do you use for measuring GPU usage?
    How many firefox users dont use ADblockPlus ? very very less.Also ABP developer is a regular contributor to the Firefox source code.maybe you should do a few memory benchmarks with ABP installed just to realistically judge what 99.99% of FF users go through.

    I'd estimate ABP usage on FF at around 5% or less based on ABP and FF usage statistics. Besides, that would give FF an unfair advantage.
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  • Quote:
    Really interesting, what utility do you use for measuring GPU usage?


    MSI afterburner for GPU. windows task manager for CPU.

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    @mayankleoboy1: 1+2) Interesting, I'll be looking for that next time


    i sent a mail regarding this to Chris. but maybe i sent it too late for this article...
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  • if you open multiple tabs together in chrome, it can use each CPU core for each tab. so if you have a quad core, and you open 4+ tabs together, the CPU usage will be 100% (using all 4 cores) during the tab loading time.
    but if you run 4 instance of dromaeo in 4 tabs, the CPU usage is still 25% (using only 1 core).
    so chrome is not completely multiprocessing.

    in IE10 beta, if you run 4 instances of dromaeo benchmark in 4 tabs, it uses all the for cores. so we can expect better multiprocessing from IE10 and win8 :)
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  • @mayankleoboy1: I got that email yesterday or the day before, this article was completed a few days before that. Sorry, my inbox usually gets a few pages deep after a doing long benchmark-heavy article.
    Is Dromaeo (the DOM portion) working in Chrome for you? I could not get it to finish in Chrome or Safari on any of my Windows machines.
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  • i ran the javascript benchmark that ran fine. Didnt run the DOM benches.

    BTW, i run chrome dev version. so that could make a difference.
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  • I have Both Chrome and Firefox.

    I still prefer Firefox since it has more features and i like it's features.

    I disabled Smooth Scrolling to make it more responsive.

    I just hate random freezes/stutter sometimes and some problem on Youtube while watching,
    when you scroll up/down, the youtube screen is messed (Glitch).

    By the way, ABP user here too.
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  • Quote:
    when you scroll up/down, the youtube screen is messed (Glitch).

    thats a flash issue. disable the protected mode of falsh.
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  • Fire Fox 14.8 has been announced, version 13 is old version.
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  • mayankleoboy1IE9 does so good on HTML5 HWA accelerated benchmarks because its able to offload more of the processing to the GPU. i tested this and found that during a HTML5 benchmark, IE9 had the least CPU usage, and most GPU usage amongst all the browsers.


    +1.
    IE9 uses also a lot more GPU Memory than Chrome. I am listening to internet radio when I am playing games and I found that a single tab from IE9 (opened for more than an hour) uses 150MB VRAM oO. Now this amount is not significant for some users but for most users that have 1024MB VRAM and doing the same thing like me (or have open tabs and alt-tabing during games) while playing at 1920x1080/1200 might cause fps drops.
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  • Why is Firefox 13 on here? Firefox 14 has been out for a little while (even on Android), and it's support for SPDY may very affect the results. Just saying.
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  • lethalsami won't ever use a browser a browser WITHOUT AD BLOCK Plus. (ABP)ABP works wonderful on Firefox, i RARELY see any ad. While I have used ABP on Chrome BUT its doesn't block half the ads.I know its Not Google's fault, its just that ABP developers are putting more effort with Firefox.So for me, Firefox > Chrome.

    Chrome has Adblock, just to let you know. But personally I prefer Firefox Aurora with Adblock Plus, anyway. I couldn't imagine using a browser that didn't have any version of Adblock on it, though; it'd be torture.
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  • Has anyone ever investigated why the MS Maze Solver is so slow on Firefox? It almost has to be a FF bug that hasn't been fixed rather than just that FF is slow at CSS3 when the difference between FF and everything else is so huge, and also that FF does very well in CSS2.
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  • princesiddiquiFire Fox 14.8 has been announced, version 13 is old version.

    jerm1027Why is Firefox 13 on here? Firefox 14 has been out for a little while (even on Android), and it's support for SPDY may very affect the results. Just saying.

    13.0.1 is the latest stable release. I'm using version 15.0a2 of Firefox, but it's a moot point in any browser competition because it's not a release version.
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  • jerm1027Why is Firefox 13 on here? Firefox 14 has been out for a little while (even on Android), and it's support for SPDY may very affect the results. Just saying.

    Where? Not here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all.html
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  • s3anister13.0.1 is the latest stable release. I'm using version 15.0a2 of Firefox, but it's a moot point in any browser competition because it's not a release version.

    i stand corrected. I'm not sure how i got mixed up.

    However, I'm not sure how Silverlight takes importance over WebGL or HTML5 in this test. >~
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