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
DOM And CSS Performance
Since Dromaeo is still not playing nicely with the WebKit-based browsers under Windows, we have to bring out Acid3. All five Web browsers pass this conformance test scoring 100%, so we're using the completion time as a stand-in performance test. If Dromeao begins to work with WebKit-based browsers on Windows again, we'll bring it back into the fold.
Safari takes the lead at a steady 0.31 seconds. IE9 earns a second-place finish, followed closely by Chrome. Firefox places fourth and Opera, which consistently dominates Mozilla's Dromaeo DOM test suite, finishes last.
The CSS composite is the average of Microsoft's Maze Solver CSS3 benchmark and Andy Edinborough's CSS Stress Testing and Performance Profiling bookmarklet applied to a copy of the Tom's Hardware homepage hosted from our local Web server.
Safari steals the show, coming in first place at just 3.68 seconds. Chrome 20 is the second-place finisher, followed by IE9 in third place. Opera 12 places fourth, with Firefox 13 coming in last place with a time of more than 35 seconds.
The charts below contain the results of Maze Solver and CSS Stress Testing & Performance Profiling.
Microsoft Maze Solver CSS Stress Testing & Performance Profiling
As usual, Firefox does extremely poorly in Microsoft's Maze Solver CSS3 benchmark. But Firefox also snags the win with the CSS Stress Testing & Performance Profiling benchmark on every site we apply it to. Opera, which always earns high scores in Maze Solver, has the worst times in the CSS2 test. Only Safari exhibits superior performance in both metrics.
- 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