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Web Browser Grand Prix: Chrome 20, Opera 12, Firefox 13

Chrome, Firefox, IE9, Opera, And Safari

Previous Web Browser Grand Prix Champions

Since the results of the Web Browser Grand Prix have always been very platform-dependent, we're splitting the list of champions to only include the current operating system; in this case, Windows 7.

Web Browser Grand Prix
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Web Browser Grand Prix: The Top Five, Tested And Ranked


Web Browser Grand Prix 2: The Top Five Tested And Ranked


Web Browser Grand Prix 3:  IE9 Enters The Race

Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Goes Final

Web Browser Grand Prix 5: Opera 11.50, Firefox 5, And Chrome 12

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

Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Opera 11.51

Web Browser Grand Prix VIII: Chrome 16, Firefox 9, And Mac OS X

Web Browser Grand Prix 9: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, And Ubuntu

Chrome also earned two wins under Ubuntu, Safari achieved two running in OS X, Opera saw success with Windows XP, and each remains the reigning champion for those platforms. Firefox is our most recent Windows 7 winner, but with three victories each, if either Firefox or Chrome pulls ahead today, we'll have a more distinguished reign.

Current Web Browser Grand Prix Contenders

ChromeVendor:GoogleDebut:9/02/2008Current Version:20Layout Engine:WebKitJavaScript Engine:V8Supported Platforms:Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOSHTML5 Hardware Acceleration:YesWebGL:YesWindows 7 WBGP Championships:3Total WBGP Championships:5Download Chrome!

Chrome 20 on Windows 7

FirefoxVendor:MozillaDebut:11/09/2004Current Version:13Layout Engine:Gecko 2.0JavaScript Engine:JaegerMonkeySupported Platforms:Windows, Mac, Linux, AndroidHTML Hardware Acceleration:YesWebGL:YesWindows 7 WBGP Championships:3Total WBGP Championships:3Download Firefox!

Firefox 13.0.1 on Windows 7

Internet ExplorerVendor:MicrosoftDebut:8/16/1995Current Version:9Layout Engine:TridentJavaScript Engine:ChakraSupported Platforms:Windows (Vista and 7)HTML5 Hardware Acceleration:YesWebGL:NoWindows 7 WBGP Championships:2Total WBGP Championships:2Download Internet Explorer!

Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7

OperaVendor:Opera SoftwareDebut:12/09/1996Current Version:12.00Layout Engine:PrestoJavaScript Engine:CarakanSupported Platforms:Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOSHTML5 Hardware Acceleration:NoWebGL:NoWindows 7 WBGP Championships:1Total WBGP Championships:2Download Opera!

Opera 12 on Windows 7

SafariVendor:AppleDebut:1/07/2003Current Version:5.1.7Layout Engine:WebKit 2JavaScript Engine:NitroSupported Platforms:Windows, OS X, iOSHTML5 Hardware Acceleration:OS X-onlyWebGL:NoWindows 7 WBGP Championships:0Total WBGP Championships:2Download Safari!

Safari 5.1.7 on Windows 7

Now, let's take a look at the new test system.

  • mayankleoboy1
    1.what the benchmarks dont show is that in Firefox , if a tab has a heavy page with a lot of CPU intensive workload, the complete browser UI starts stuttering. That means the browser UI is on the same thread as the page loading.

    2. in the 40 tab test, try working in a tab during the loading of the 40 tabs. you will find lots of difference between browsers. FF hangs, Opera and Chrome remain fluid.

    3. how about a test where a browser is using 1GB+ RAM and you are trying to open/close tabs. Then see the UI responsiveness. most browsers can easily handle 800MB RAM. but which browser easily handles 1.2GB+ RAM ?
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  • mayankleoboy1
    IE9 does so good on HTML5 HWA accelerated benchmarks because its able to offload more of the processing to the GPU.
    i tested this and found that during a HTML5 benchmark, IE9 had the least CPU usage, and most GPU usage amongst all the browsers.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    How many firefox users dont use ADblockPlus ? very very less.Also ABP developer is a regular contributor to the Firefox source code.
    maybe you should do a few memory benchmarks with ABP installed just to realistically judge what 99.99% of FF users go through.
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  • ben850
    WTF Chrome is already on 20?? It ninja updated to 19 just a few days ago..
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  • lethalsam
    i won't ever use a browser a browser WITHOUT AD BLOCK Plus. (ABP)

    ABP works wonderful on Firefox, i RARELY see any ad. While I have used ABP on Chrome BUT its doesn't block half the ads.
    I know its Not Google's fault, its just that ABP developers are putting more effort with Firefox.

    So for me, Firefox > Chrome.
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  • adamovera
    @mayankleoboy1: 1+2) Interesting, I'll be looking for that next time 3) That would require a different workload for each browser.
    IE9 does so good on HTML5 HWA accelerated benchmarks because its able to offload more of the processing to the GPU. i tested this and found that during a HTML5 benchmark, IE9 had the least CPU usage, and most GPU usage amongst all the browsers.Really interesting, what utility do you use for measuring GPU usage?
    How many firefox users dont use ADblockPlus ? very very less.Also ABP developer is a regular contributor to the Firefox source code.maybe you should do a few memory benchmarks with ABP installed just to realistically judge what 99.99% of FF users go through.I'd estimate ABP usage on FF at around 5% or less based on ABP and FF usage statistics. Besides, that would give FF an unfair advantage.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    Really interesting, what utility do you use for measuring GPU usage?

    MSI afterburner for GPU. windows task manager for CPU.

    @mayankleoboy1: 1+2) Interesting, I'll be looking for that next time

    i sent a mail regarding this to Chris. but maybe i sent it too late for this article...
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  • mayankleoboy1
    if you open multiple tabs together in chrome, it can use each CPU core for each tab. so if you have a quad core, and you open 4+ tabs together, the CPU usage will be 100% (using all 4 cores) during the tab loading time.
    but if you run 4 instance of dromaeo in 4 tabs, the CPU usage is still 25% (using only 1 core).
    so chrome is not completely multiprocessing.

    in IE10 beta, if you run 4 instances of dromaeo benchmark in 4 tabs, it uses all the for cores. so we can expect better multiprocessing from IE10 and win8 :)
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  • adamovera
    @mayankleoboy1: I got that email yesterday or the day before, this article was completed a few days before that. Sorry, my inbox usually gets a few pages deep after a doing long benchmark-heavy article.
    Is Dromaeo (the DOM portion) working in Chrome for you? I could not get it to finish in Chrome or Safari on any of my Windows machines.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    i ran the javascript benchmark that ran fine. Didnt run the DOM benches.

    BTW, i run chrome dev version. so that could make a difference.
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