Final Results: Placing
Just as we promised in the introduction, we separated the complete standings from the speed-only standings. So we could potentially have two winners today!
The overall winner, when including the non-speed benchmarks, is Google Chrome. Opera is very close on Google's heels, actually bagging more first-place finishes, but it's Chrome's excellent memory management and standards compliance scores (both non-speed tests) that keep Google the slight overall point leader.
In an unexpected upset, Mozilla Firefox fills the third place spot instead of Apple's “fastest browser in the world", despite Safari earning the most second place finishes. Safari 5 falls solidly behind Firefox 3.6.6, which places last the least out of any browser. IE8 once again gobbled up most of the losses, relegating Microsoft's offering to last place.
When focusing purely on speed, Opera screeches past the competition to take the speed crown away from Google. Unlike last time, it isn't really a photo-finish. Chrome grabs second, but it's not enough to give Opera a run for the money. Firefox and Safari are in a dead heat for third, with a ever so slight edge in Mozilla's favor. As we all already knew, Internet Explorer owns last place.