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Web Browser Grand Prix VI: Firefox 6, Chrome 13, Mac OS X Lion

Reliability Benchmarks: Proper Page Loads

Proper Page Loads

Opera manages to come out on top for page loading reliability on both Windows and OS X. Strangely, Safari 5.1 for Windows comes in second, while it loses big time on its native platform. Firefox 6 grabs second for OS X and third for Windows, representing a major drop from Firefox 5. Google comes in second-to-last on the Microsoft and Apple ecosystems. Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 comes in dead last on its one and only supported platform, and manages to have the worst overall reliability.

Like the memory testing, reliability appears to be better on Windows 7 than Mac OS X Lion across the board.

  • ne0nguy
    The first chart says "higher is better" for the load time
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  • adamovera
    ne0nguyThe first chart says "higher is better" for the load timethank you, workin' on it
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  • SteelCity1981
    Chrome is the best browser out there right now. While FireFox maybe more popular then Chrome is, Chrome has shown why it is the best browser out today. If you haven't used Chrome yet it's def worth a look.
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  • soccerdocks
    The reader function in safari actually looks really nice. Although I'd never use Safari on principle. I hope other browsers implement a similar function.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    why does firefox(6/8/9) performa so horribly on the IE9 maze solover test?
    chrome13 completely obliterats it.

    and firefox 8/9 are still a memory hog.
    not really surprised by poor show of ie9. moat updates it gets are "security updates".
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  • tofu2go
    Being on a Macbook with only 3GB of memory, memory is the most important factor for me. I open a LOT of tabs and I keep them open for long periods. For awhile I used Chrome, but recently switched to Firefox 6 and saw my memory utilization drop by well over 1GB. Granted with Firefox I was able to do something I am not able to do in any other browser, I could group my tabs into tab groups. I believe this allows for more efficient memory management, i.e. only the current group uses much memory. Not having done any tests, this is pure speculation. All I know is that I'm seeing MUCH lower memory usage with Firefox on OSX. Despite what this article would suggest.
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  • @soccerdocks

    Yeah? And exactly what principle would that be?
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  • andy5174
    @Google:
    Bring back the Google Dictionary, otherwise I will use Bing Search, Firefox and Facebook instead of Google Search, Chrome and G+.
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  • kartu
    Firefox 6 comes in third for both OSes, representing a major drop from Firefox 5.
    According to the graphic on "Reliability Benchmarks: Proper Page Loads" on MacOS Firefox is actually second, not third.
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  • LaloFG
    I keep Opera, more memory used and time to load pages is nothing when it load pages correctly; and the feeling in its interface is the greater.
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