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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:59 PM

Browser blowout: Which is fastest, most standards compliant [benchmarks]?
By Mike Williams | Published July 22, 2011, 3:35 PM

The browser wars are back, not least due to hectic and ever shorter release schedules, just about every other week there seems to be some new build promising that it's the faster way to get around online.

But which browser really delivers the best performance? We decided to pit the leading contenders against each other in a gruelling set of benchmarks to figure out the truth for ourselves.

he field was made up of the latest versions of the five leading browsers: Chrome 12.0.742.122, Firefox 5.0.1, IE 9.0.8112.16421, Opera 11.50 and Safari 5.0.5. (Those speedy release schedules meant this selection became outdated even before the tests had completed, but more on that later.)

We chose 16 benchmarks to cover every aspect of browser performance: startup time, page load time, rendering speeds, JavaScript and DOM operations, memory use, standards compliance and more.

A 32-bit Windows PC was chosen as our test rig (4GB RAM, Intel Core i7-920 CPU, nVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 graphics card, 1TB Samsung HD103SJ hard drive), and carefully prepared: power settings disabled, background programs uninstalled, everything that could interrupt or distort our tests turned off.

And then the tests began.

More about the test results at: