Page 1:Tom's Hardware's Tenth Web Browser Grand Prix
Page 2:Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, And Safari
Page 3:Test System Specs And Software Setup
Page 4:WBGP10 Test Suite And Methodology
Page 5:Startup Time Performance Benchmarks
Page 6:Page Load Time Performance Benchmarks
Page 8:DOM And CSS Performance Benchmarks
Page 9:Flash Performance Benchmarks
Page 10:Java And Silverlight Performance Benchmarks
Page 11:HTML5 Performance Benchmarks
Page 12:Hardware Acceleration And WebGL
Page 13:Memory Efficiency Benchmarks
Page 14:Proper Page Load Reliability
Page 15:Standards Conformance Benchmarks
Page 16:Benchmark Analysis
Page 17:Crowning A Windows XP Champion
Memory Efficiency Benchmarks
Internet Explorer 8 uses the least memory, overall, in our single-tab measurement (49 MB) and a full 40-tab load (420 MB). Chrome, Firefox, and Opera end up in a three-way tie for second place in single-tab usage, all three eating up roughly 60 MB. Safari uses the most RAM to display one tab (93 MB). Chrome holds onto second place with 40 tabs up, consuming just under 460 MB. Firefox places third, while Safari takes fourth place. Opera soars to 620 MB with 40 tabs loaded, falling to last place.
Chrome takes the lead for memory management, dropping to just 92 MB after two minutes with 39 of the 40 tabs closed. Firefox places second at 150 MB, but takes considerably longer to release memory back to Windows than Chrome, IE8, or Safari. Third-place IE8 uses 227 MB after closing 39 of the 40-tab load, while Apple Safari holds onto 268 MB. Opera takes last place, monopolizing a lot of system memory even after we close 39 tabs and wait two minutes.
Chrome is the clear winner for memory efficiency on the older test system, and Firefox also keeps its consumption under control. While IE8 may not use the most memory under a load, its total doesn't drop substantially after closing 39 tabs. The same goes for Safari and Opera.
What raw memory measurements don't tell us is how the browsers perform with 40 tabs open.
Both IE8 and Safari froze for about 15 minutes after loading the full array of 40 tabs. Meanwhile, Firefox and especially Chrome and Opera remained fluid and responsive under the torture test. Although we don't have a benchmark for this, we definitely have to keep responsiveness in mind when it comes to our final analysis. Even though IE8 demonstrates low memory usage and respectable memory management traits, locking up for 15 minutes is an unforgivable artifact. The same goes for Safari.
Alternatively, even though Opera uses the most and releases the least memory, it gives us the most fluid heavy load experience out of the five browsers.
- Tom's Hardware's Tenth Web Browser Grand Prix
- Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, And Safari
- Test System Specs And Software Setup
- WBGP10 Test Suite And Methodology
- Startup Time Performance Benchmarks
- Page Load Time Performance Benchmarks
- DOM And CSS Performance Benchmarks
- Flash Performance Benchmarks
- Java And Silverlight Performance Benchmarks
- HTML5 Performance Benchmarks
- Hardware Acceleration And WebGL
- Memory Efficiency Benchmarks
- Proper Page Load Reliability
- Standards Conformance Benchmarks
- Benchmark Analysis
- Crowning A Windows XP Champion