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

Test System Specs And Software Setup

Hardware Setup

Test System Specs
Operating System 1Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Operating System 2Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocleot (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750 (Lynnfield) @ 2.8 GHz, Quad-Core
MotherboardGigabyte GA-P55A-UD7, LGA 1156, P55 Express, F7 BIOS
Memory8 GB Crucial DDR3 @ 1333 MT/s (2 x 4 GB)
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 4870 Reference Boards 512 GB GDDR5 (PCI-e 2.0)
StorageSeagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
OpticalAsus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Power SupplyCorsair TX750W (750 Watt Max)
ChassisZalman MS1000-HS2
CPU CoolerScythe Mugen 2 Revision B
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Windows 7 Test Installation

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Ubuntu 11.10 Test Installation

The following table contains the system specs of the local Web server used for our startup time/page load time tests and JSGameBench.

Local Web Server Specs
Operating SystemUbuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition "Lucid Lynx" (32-bit)
ProcessorAMD Athlon @ 1150 MHz
MotherboardSoyo Dragon Platinum
Memory512 MB DDR
GraphicsAMD Radeon 9550, 256 MB GDDR
Storage40 GB Western Digital HDD WD400BB
OpticalSamsung DVD-ROM SD-616T
Extra PackagesApache2, MySQL Client, MySQL Server, PHP5, PHP-GD, PHP5-MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, SSH

The table below holds additional information on the test network.

Network Specs
ISP ServiceCox Premium (28 Mb/s down, 5 Mb/s up)
ModemMotorola SURFboard SBS101U
RouterLinksys WRT54G2 V1

Software Setup

Both test installations were freshly installed and fully updated as of midnight on February 5th. Power management and automatic updating were disabled before testing.

The Web browsers and additional software, along with the exact version numbers tested, are listed in the table below.

SoftwareVersion
Chrome17.0.963.56
Firefox10.0.1
Internet Explorer9.0.8112.16421
Opera11.61 (build 1250)
Safari5.1.2 (7534.52.7)
AMD Driver (Windows 7)8.93-111205a-132104C-ATI
AMD Driver (Ubuntu 11.10)8.881-110728a-122950C-ATI
Adobe Flash11.1.102.55
Microsoft Silverlight5.0.61118.0
Oracle Java6.0.300