Page 1:The Top Five Browsers, Tested And Ranked
Page 2:Chrome, Firefox, IE9, Opera, And Safari
Page 3:Test System Specs And Software Setup
Page 4:Test Suite And Methodology
Page 5:Startup Time
Page 6:Page Load Time
Page 8:DOM And CSS Performance
Page 9:HTML5 Performance
Page 10:Hardware Acceleration
Page 11:Plug-In Performance: Flash, Java, Silverlight
Page 12:Memory Efficiency
Page 13:Reliability, Responsiveness, And Security
Page 14:Standards Conformance
Page 15:Test Analysis
Page 16:Crowning A Windows 7 WBGP Champion
All startup times are tested both cold (browser newly opened after a fresh boot) and hot (browser already opened and closed) using a single tab and eight tabs.
Google.com serves as the test page for our single-tab tests, while the homepages of YouTube, Yahoo!, and The Huffington Post, as well as product pages from Amazon, Wikipedia, craigslist, and eBay round out the eight-tab measurement. All test pages are hosted on our local Web server and cached in each browser.
The startup time composite score is the average of hot and cold times for single-tab and eight-tab startups.
Opera continues to dominate startup times with version 12, posting a page load average of just over one and a half seconds. Chrome 20 takes second place at 1.7 seconds, with Firefox 13 close behind at 1.85 seconds. Far behind the top three is Internet Explorer 9 in fourth place at nearly four seconds, followed by Safari 5.1.7 at almost six seconds!
The charts below contain the results for the individual test pages, as well as the average time for both uncached and cached page load times.
Single Tab Eight Tabs
We can see that Opera wins this competition hands-down, earning the shortest times on all four startup tests. Opera's times are also very close together, with superb cold starts. Chrome has the slowest cold single-tab time, while fellow WebKit browser Apple Safari has the slowest eight-tab finishes. IE9 achieves solid times in all but the cold eight-tab test, bringing its average down significantly.
- The Top Five Browsers, Tested And Ranked
- Chrome, Firefox, IE9, Opera, And Safari
- Test System Specs And Software Setup
- Test Suite And Methodology
- Startup Time
- Page Load Time
- DOM And CSS Performance
- HTML5 Performance
- Hardware Acceleration
- Plug-In Performance: Flash, Java, Silverlight
- Memory Efficiency
- Reliability, Responsiveness, And Security
- Standards Conformance
- Test Analysis
- Crowning A Windows 7 WBGP Champion