Browser Speed Tests: IE 9 Beta, Firefox 4 Beta, Chrome's Crankshaft, and Opera 11 Beta

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After two years from the release, Chrome browser has now been proved to be the most popular. To find whether it is the fastest one, we put it into a real world head-to-head browsing speed test of Firefox 4 beta, Firefox 3.6, Chrome 10 (Chrome Canary), Chrome 8 (which is consider stable), Opera 10 beta and Internet Explorer 9. Experiments related to load times, JavaScript, DOM/CSS, and memory use were performed.

 

JavaScript Test


Although Google announced their modest improvement in JavaScript engine, we see a good improvement of Chrome 10 to Chrome 8, and outperform others. For the first time, Internet Explorer which was weak with JavaScript engine, finishes its test without crashing out.

 


Winner – Chrome 10

Winner – Chrome 10

 

DOM/CSS Test


Internet Explorer 9 Beta, as usual, fails to finish the test, and Chrome 10, to the surprise, works slowlier than the previous version. Latest beta release of Opera (Opera 11) makes some significant improvement.

 


Winner -  Opera 11 Beta

Winner - Opera 11 Beta

 

Boot – up and Warm Loading


The Opera appeared to be a little bit faster than Chrome 10 in cold boot-ups (a.k.a just after booting up). In re-booting, Opera and Chrome are nearly instant in raising up, while Firefox 4 has surprisingly long start up delays – about 20 seconds.

 


Tie: Chrome 10 and Opera 10

Tie: Chrome 10 and Opera 10

 

Memory Use (No Extensions)


The 7 browsers in original form with no extension was tested, which shows that Firefox 3.6 used upon the lightest memory, goes after is Opera. The memory used for nine tabs in Chrome increased significantly.

 


Winner Firefox 3.6

Winner Firefox 3.6

 

Memory Use (With Extensions)


This is a tough test, since the extension for each browser is not the same, for example, one of the extension – Cooloris, is available for neither Firefox 4 nor Opera 11. The extension was tested, and with five extension and nine tabs loaded, Firefox 3.6 does a really good job.

 


Winner Firefox 3.6

Winner Firefox 3.6

 

Tab Loading


Nine tabs are opened at the same time including: Google, YouTube, Hulu, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and each brower’ own homepage to test for the quick tab loading. Here are results.

 


Winner: Chrome 8 (Stable version)

Winner: Chrome 8 (Stable version)

 

The Scores


Due to the scored on tests of Loading, Javasripts, Dom/css and Memory, usage we rated each of browsers as followed:

 

  • Chrome 10 (Canary): 72.5%
  • Opera 10: 71.4%
  • Chrome 8 (Stable): 70
  • Opera 11 beta: 62.5%
  • Firefox 4 beta 7: 52.5%
  • Firefox 3.6.13: 52.5%
  • Internet Explorer 9 beta: 45.7%

It shows that Chrome 10 received the highest score; however, due to your own needs – designing, surfing and so on, you could do separated test and would choose the "winner" which suits you best.

 


The final winner - Chrome 10

The final winner - Chrome 10

 

Related links:

Chrome Compared With Explorer

Google Chrome Vs Mozilla Firefox

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This article was published on 2011/01/03