How do the latest Windows 7-based Web browsers stack up? Chrome and Firefox each have three wins under this operating system; can one become our champion? Or will Opera clean house here, as it did under Windows XP? We set up a new test system to find out.
The page load time tests are the same eight pages in our startup time tests: Google, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, craigslist, eBay, and Wikipedia.
Composite scores are achieved by averaging the uncached and cached page load times for all eight test pages.
IE9 takes the lead in page load time with an average of just 0.88 seconds. Close behind in second place is Apple Safari at just under 0.9 seconds. Chrome places third, with Firefox in tow at 0.95 seconds. Opera is the only browser to average more than one-second page loads, falling into last place.
The charts below contain the average uncached and cached page load time for each test page.
Opera demonstrates a peculiar cached loading time for Amazon, which does not manifest when loading the page uncached. This, combined with its slow times for eBay and The Huffington Post cement its last-place finish. The WebKit duo, Google Chrome and Apple Safari, have the quickest average cached page loads, while IE9 has the best average uncached times.
- The Top Five Browsers, Tested And Ranked
- Chrome, Firefox, IE9, Opera, And Safari
- Test System Specs And Software Setup
- Test Suite And Methodology
- Startup Time
- Page Load Time
- DOM And CSS Performance
- HTML5 Performance
- Hardware Acceleration
- Plug-In Performance: Flash, Java, Silverlight
- Memory Efficiency
- Reliability, Responsiveness, And Security
- Standards Conformance
- Test Analysis
- Crowning A Windows 7 WBGP Champion