Web Browser Grand Prix 3: IE9 Enters The Race

Final Results: Placing

Performance Placing

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Header Cell - Column 0 1st2nd3rd4th5th
Internet Explorer10463Row 2 - Cell 5
Opera6106Row 3 - Cell 4 2

Judging by our performance-oriented testing, Internet Explorer 9 is the clear winner, with a total of 11 first-place finishes and no outright last-place results. Opera is the runner-up, with six first-place finishes and nine second-place finishes. Chrome is in third place with several falters, and unexpected losses to IE9. Safari falls solidly into fourth, while Firefox gets kicked around by everyone in fifth place. 

Efficiency Placing

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Header Cell - Column 0 1st2nd3rd4th5th
ChromeRow 0 - Cell 1 3Row 0 - Cell 3 1Row 0 - Cell 5
Firefox1Row 1 - Cell 2 3Row 1 - Cell 4 Row 1 - Cell 5
Internet Explorer3Row 2 - Cell 2 Row 2 - Cell 3 Row 2 - Cell 4 1
OperaRow 3 - Cell 1 Row 3 - Cell 2 121
SafariRow 4 - Cell 1 1Row 4 - Cell 3 12

Internet Explorer 9 again surprises us by leading the pack in efficiency testing. This honor is marred somewhat, since IE9 also uses the most memory of any browser under a heavy load. Firefox is still an efficient Web browser, using the least amount of RAM under load, and by considerable numbers. Chrome is the clear third-place finisher; the newly released IE9 is able to outperform it in areas where Google's browser traditionally led. Opera and Safari both need some work in the memory management department.

Standards Conformance Placing

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Header Cell - Column 0 1st2nd3rd4th5th
Chrome211Row 0 - Cell 4 Row 0 - Cell 5
Firefox1Row 1 - Cell 2 111
Internet Explorer21Row 2 - Cell 3 Row 2 - Cell 4 1
Opera22Row 3 - Cell 3 Row 3 - Cell 4 Row 3 - Cell 5
Safari2Row 4 - Cell 2 11Row 4 - Cell 5

Opera leads in standards conformance, taking two first- and two second-place finishes. Chrome comes in second, with two firsts, one second, and one third-place finish. IE9 and Safari are a draw, while Firefox was only able to pick up one victory.

Total Placing

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Header Cell - Column 0 1st2nd3rd4th5th
Internet Explorer155632

Microsoft's new Internet Explorer easily finishes in first place with the most overall wins, racking up a record-breaking 16 victories. Second place is awarded to the champion of WBGP2, Opera. Third place goes to our WBGP1 champ, Google Chrome. Safari takes fourth place, and the aging Firefox 3.6 comes in last.

  • pirateboy
    I wonder how much microsoft paid tomshardware not to include Firefox 4 RC1
  • cruiseoveride
    Now everyone is going to switch from Chrome to IE?
  • 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.
  • andy5174
    Will there be a " Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Enters The Race " after Firefox 4's release (22 Mar)?
  • 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..
  • winner4455
    Won't take that long for IE to lag behind.
  • 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 ;(
  • turboflame
    I like how this article was released one day before Firefox 4 is released.
  • dimamu15
    duck it, i stick to firefox.
  • Scanlia
    Is there a wrong picture on the efficiency page? The 40tabs graph comes up as GUIMark 2?