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The browser showdown

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Tuesday, February 16 2010, 12:51
My colleagues have been insisting that I switch from Firefox to Chrome on grounds that Google's browser is simply much faster. I am quite familiar with Chrome, and it is fast indeed.
I would be inclined to label it the fastest browser were it not for two things:
  1. The title "fastest browser on Earth" is taken by Opera 10.5 (though still beta)
  2. Chrome 5.0—Google's latest beta—crashes unceasingly and seems slower than all of it's predecessors
That said, I took a moment to run all of the candidates through the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark to get a empirical result.
Browser speed test results
Sure enough: Opera 10.5 is the fastest browser, and not by a little, either. It is twice as fast as the fastest Firefox yet, 3.7 alpha. Remarkably, it is 50% faster than Chrome 4.0.
Chrome 5.0 never succeed in finishing the test, crashing well into each attempt. At the rate it was going, though, its score would have been miserable.
In daily use, there is a noticeable speed difference between Firefox and Chrome, and similarly between Chrome and Opera, but the overwhelming number of features that Firefox provides over the competition (and the promising speed improvements) hasn't quite swayed me.
The blue bar towering above the Internet Explorer logo comes, of course, as no surprise.
Update August 8th:
  • Opera 10.60: 430ms
  • Safari 5.0.1: 460ms
  • Chrome 5.0b: 470ms
  • Internet Explorer 9.0a: 560ms (Platform Preview v1.9.7)
  • Firefox 4.0b3: 680ms
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