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Web Browser Grand Prix VIII: Chrome 16, Firefox 9, And Mac OS X

Java And Silverlight Performance Benchmarks

Java

GUIMark Java

Firefox and Chrome take the lead for Java performance in Windows 7, both earning close to 40 FPS. Opera earns a solid third-place finish at nearly 34 frames per second. Safari and IE9 bring up the rear at just over 32 FPS. All five Windows browsers score a perfectly playable 30+ FPS.

On the other hand, the four Mac OS X browsers only score in the 20 FPS range. Opera is the first-place finisher with a score that barely exceeds 20 FPS. Safari earns exactly 20 FPS to place second. Google Chrome comes in third at just under 19 FPS, and Firefox finishes last, right under 18 FPS.

Silverlight

Encog Silverlight

The Encog Silverlight Benchmark scores are close. But this time it's Opera that takes the lead in Windows. Firefox comes in second place, IE9 places third, Chrome earns fourth, and Safari winds up in fifth.

The placing changes significantly in Mac OS X, with Safari coming in first, followed by Opera, then Chrome, and then Firefox. The OS X scores are only about half of what we've seen in Windows. Remember, shorter bars are better here.

  • twztechman
    Been using Firefox for years - it works best for me.
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  • shiftmx112
    This makes it worth putting up with the constant updates on Aurora. :)
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  • The best part is I'm quite sure that this is using an out of the box build. Using a PGO compiled nighlty build, with about:config properly configured, and addons like Adblock/NoScript blocking things from ever loading Firefox is significantly faster than these benchmarks state.
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  • frost_fenix
    I have use firefox and chrome interchangeably for a few years now. I enjoy chromes streamlined design but have recently discovered the noscript addon for Firefox and have since favored Firefox. I have also found Firefox to be more compatable with school webpages and application pages. Still either firefox or chrome is better than IE.
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    Good point Stoof. I have IE9 and the newest FF, and with the FF add ons, it blows IE out of the water. The majority of IE pages like yahoo video links, boxingscene etc take 6 or more seconds to load, whereas FF is only a fraction of the time.

    I think add ons are much easier to find with FF, and there seems to be a wider variety. Then again I do realize this article wasn't about browsers with add ons.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    The only one thing I hate about firefox is that it takes a lot of time to launch.
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  • adamovera
    stoofThe best part is I'm quite sure that this is using an out of the box build. Using a PGO compiled nighlty build, with about:config properly configured, and addons like Adblock/NoScript blocking things from ever loading Firefox is significantly faster than these benchmarks state.Yes, we're using everything stock. There is no one-size-fits-all combination of plug-ins to standardize on, and every browser might not have the exact same plugins available. So that throws out a fair comparison between browsers - wouldn't work for the WBGP. Perhaps an article concentrating specifically on Firefox (or another Web browser) with and without various plug-ins would clear that up?
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  • Please use Firefox's latest logo, the one with the shiny orb in Mozilla's press kit! The one they're using now is the old one. http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/brand/identity/
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  • nevertell
    Chrome is the easiest to use if you've got lots of tabs open. Scrolling through them with mouse is a breeze and tab management is just excellent.
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  • soccerdocks
    frost_fenix. I enjoy chromes streamlined design but have recently discovered the noscript addon for Firefox and have since favored Firefox.
    Why do people seem to forget Chrome has this built in. All you have to do is go into the options menu and disable JavaScript.
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