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Web Browser Grand Prix 3: IE9 Enters The Race

Performance Benchmarks: Java And Silverlight

GUIMark: Java 5 Swing

Opera takes the lead in Java testing, with Firefox less than one frame behind. Chrome falls into third, just two frames behind Firefox. IE9 and Safari tie for fourth, both six frames behind Chrome.

Encog Silverlight

Encog is a benchmark for Microsoft's Silverlight framework, which powers an increasing number of popular products like Netflix Instant.

In a test where the lowest score is the best, Chrome comes in .04 points lower than Microsoft's IE9. Opera takes third, Firefox nabs fourth, and Safari places fifth.

  • pirateboy
    I wonder how much microsoft paid tomshardware not to include Firefox 4 RC1
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  • cruiseoveride
    Now everyone is going to switch from Chrome to IE?
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  • bison88
    Nice comparison Adam. I think people don't give MS credit for IE9 because of their history with web standards and lack of competition with updating their browser since they destroyed Netscape so many years ago. Hopefully they have their head in the game and continue with a somewhat constant update cycle. Currently the transition from IE8 to IE9 was somewhat FireFox'ish with speed instead of waiting for another revision of the OS. The browser definitely surprised me, some quirks here and there that are definitely noticeable and the Chrome/FF influence is obviously present. I wish them luck as the competition heats up.
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  • andy5174
    Will there be a " Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Enters The Race " after Firefox 4's release (22 Mar)?
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  • illuminatuz
    i felt the speed once i switched from firefox to chrome and now chrome to IE..
    but there is no mention of any addon/extentions for IE..
    i mean there is no comparision on who's got nice addons and startup time "with" addons.. since users tend to use web browsers with addons knowingly or un-knowingly..
    it would be better if you include those two comparisions as well.. and who takes advantage of GPU and all..
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  • winner4455
    Won't take that long for IE to lag behind.
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  • illuminatuz
    winner4455Won't take that long for IE to lag behind.lol
    maybe not!!
    and FFS why doesnt that "submit my comment" button not working in IE!! I am using chrome for that ;(
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  • turboflame
    I like how this article was released one day before Firefox 4 is released.
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  • dimamu15
    duck it, i stick to firefox.
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  • Scanlia
    Is there a wrong picture on the efficiency page? The 40tabs graph comes up as GUIMark 2?
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