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

Analysis Tables

Windows 7 Analysis Table

WinnerStrongAcceptableWeak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup TimeOperaChrome, Internet ExplorerFirefoxSafari
Page Load TimeChromeInternet Explorer, SafariFirefox, Opera
JavaScriptChromeFirefoxInternet Explorer, OperaSafari
DOMOperaFirefoxSafariChrome, Internet Explorer
CSSChromeOpera, SafariInternet ExplorerFirefox
FlashInternet ExplorerOpera, SafariChrome, Firefox
JavaFirefoxChrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari
SilverlightOperaChrome, FirefoxInternet ExplorerSafari
HTML5Internet ExplorerFirefoxChrome, Opera, Safari
HTML5 Hardware AccelerationFirefoxInternet ExplorerChrome, Opera, Safari
WebGLChromeFirefoxInternet Explorer, Opera, Safari
Efficiency Benchmarks
Memory Usage: LightInternet ExplorerChrome, SafariFirefox, Opera
Memory Usage: HeavySafariFirefox, Internet Explorer, OperaChrome
Memory ManagementChromeInternet ExplorerFirefox, SafariOpera
Reliability Benchmarks
Proper Page LoadsOperaSafariFirefoxChrome, Internet Explorer
Conformance Benchmarks
HTML5ChromeFirefoxOpera, SafariInternet Explorer
CSS3All 5
JavaScriptFirefoxInternet Explorer, ChromeSafariOpera
DOMChrome, Opera, SafariFirefox, Internet Explorer

And for OS X...

Mac OS X Lion Analysis Table

WinnerStrongAcceptableWeak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup TimeOperaChrome, Firefox, Safari
Page Load TimeChromeSafariFirefox, Opera
JavaScriptChromeFirefoxSafariOpera
DOMFirefoxSafariChrome, Opera
CSSChromeSafariOperaFirefox
FlashOperaChrome, Firefox, Safari
JavaOperaChrome, Firefox, Safari
SilverlightFirefoxSafariSafariChrome, Opera
HTML5SafariChrome, Firefox, Opera
HTML Hardware AccelerationSafariChrome, Firefox, Opera
WebGLFirefoxChromeOpera, Safari
Efficiency Benchmarks
Memory Usage: LightOperaChrome, SafariFirefox
Memory Usage: HeavySafariOperaChrome, Firefox
Memory ManagementChromeOpera, SafariFirefox
Reliability Benchmarks
Proper Page LoadsOperaFirefoxChrome, Safari
Conformance Benchmarks
HTML5ChromeFirefox, SafariOpera
CSS3All 4
JavaScriptFirefoxChromeSafariOpera
DOMChrome, Opera, SafariFirefox

Let's crown the champion of Web Browser Grand Prix 6.

  • 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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