Over the past two years, we've tested the top five Web browsers using modern PC hardware. But today, going against all that is sacred to the enthusiast crowd, we're breaking out an old beige box to bring you Web Browser Grand Prix: Windows XP Edition!
Surprisingly, the browsers reliably loaded pages at much the same rate or better on this older system than our more modern test bed. Opera once again shows itself to be a solid choice for fully and properly rendering many Web pages simultaneously.
Despite pegging our processor at 100% for more than 15 minutes, IE8 actually managed to come out of its coma with only about one broken page, placing second. Firefox earns third place with just under three tabs containing broken or missing elements, while Safari has an average of six screw-ups after its own 15-minute coma. Dropping to last place, Chrome encounters just over six fails, which in on par with what we've seen using our more modern test system.
- Tom's Hardware's Tenth Web Browser Grand Prix
- Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, And Safari
- Test System Specs And Software Setup
- WBGP10 Test Suite And Methodology
- Startup Time Performance Benchmarks
- Page Load Time Performance Benchmarks
- DOM And CSS Performance Benchmarks
- Flash Performance Benchmarks
- Java And Silverlight Performance Benchmarks
- HTML5 Performance Benchmarks
- Hardware Acceleration And WebGL
- Memory Efficiency Benchmarks
- Proper Page Load Reliability
- Standards Conformance Benchmarks
- Benchmark Analysis
- Crowning A Windows XP Champion