Browsers Test: Midori vs. Firefox 3.0 vs. Opera 10 Alpha vs. Konqueror vs. Arora

By | December 16, 2008 | 13 Comments


It’s time to test some other web browsers this time. Who is the fastest browser among those in V8 Benchmark Suite and who scores most in Acid 3 test? Let’s find out.

Note: This article was written by one of our readers: Dainius. You may check the original post here (non English).

Test setup

AMD64 3000+
Archlinux OS
2 GB of RAM

Tested browsers

Opera 10.00 Alpha1
Midori 0.1.1
Firefox 3.0.4
Konqueror 4.1.3
Arora 0.4 build 20081123

First test is called “V8 Benchmark Suite” (version 2) and was designed to test browsers JavaScript performance. Higher is better.

The 2nd one is Acid3 test.

As the author says, on his work PC Opera 10 really scored 100/100, however, at home it was bit lower – 94 points. Midori managed to reach 98/100 at the 1st time and 100/100 during repeated tests. Firefox 3 scored 74 points. Next is Konqueror and the last one with 0 points is Arora.

Conclusions

Midori (WebKit based) is the winner here. This browser is still in alpha stage yet but results looks promising. Of course, you shouldn’t use it for your daily browsing because it crashes quite a lot during heavy pages loading.

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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

  • http://nocontinues.net Tiago Sá

    They should have benchmarked Firefox 3.2a1pre and not 3.0.4, since they did it with the others. In the acid3 test at least, the v8 javascript benchmark is full of it, as always. The only javascript benchmark tool I trust is SunSpider.

  • http://dinux.gpf-se.com Dinux

    > They should have benchmarked Firefox 3.2a1pre and not 3.0.4
    Hi, i tested what i found in Archlinux official repositorys.

    Quick SunSpider test:
    Midori 0.1.1 – 1945.0ms +/- 3.8%
    Opera 10.00 Alpha1 – 9857.2ms +/- 3.3%

  • lulz

    What a pathetically bad “test”.

    First of all, V8 is optimized to run well in webkit browsers.

    Second, Opera 10 always gets a 100/100 Acid3 score. If this guy didn’t, his test is clearly completely bogus.

    So a webkit browser wins a performance benchmark test designed to run well in webkit? Gee…

  • Maulkin

    You may need to disable Javascript on Opera 10 to get the ACID test 3 run correctly…anyway, there are better tests out here…

  • Grrblt

    Acid3 test javascript so disabling it is not a good idea. What he should disable is user javascript.

  • FasterOPera

    I have always gotten 100/100 for Opera in the Acid test. Clearly you have no clue about what you are talking about. It looks like you are just trying to make Midori look good.

  • Indeed Opera is faster

    You seem to have a positive bias towards midori. A browser untl this day I have never heard of. Like the member above me, I do get 100/100 for the acid test with opera. Can Favbrowser do some research in the manner before publishing work of other people with such bias. Midori MY FOOT!

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    I haven’t tried Midori yet and just translated this article.

    And yes, Opera does score 100/100

  • http://startearnnow.99k.org Jonathan

    For me webkit based browsers are comparatively faster than others from a normal users experience. For example I can say, chrome, safari, Midori etc. I have learnt about from this article and decided to install and use it in my ubuntu.Results were again great. I think there will be some pleasant surprise in firefox’s upcoming tracemonkey.

  • Fer84

    Opera 10 ALWAYS gets 100/100, and you should have used an apha firefox too

  • effzee

    Just want to point out that Opera’s policy on type of release (snapshot, alpha, beta and release) is skewed from the others. As a result it’s not all that easy to guage the ‘quality’ or daily usability of a release from the name alone. On the plus side this means that often snapshots and other ‘newer’ releases can be more stable for most users; on the down-side, sometimes ‘stable’ releases are not as good as they should be.

    The Opera 10.0 alpha and snapshot released since are good cases in point. For most ‘typical’ users, these so called alphas are perfectly usable and stable, and of course incorporate many of the new browser engine features that, for the average user, will make the newer releases a better option since they better handle sites which the 9.6x releases have issues with.

    The only caveat is that the user needs to be a little more aware when using prerelease versions; certain features (typically those that are new or undergoing rapid development) will be less stable, but often these are not going to be used anyway (the Mail client is a good example, in Opera 10 alphas it’s still too unstable to be dependable, but the rest of the browser seems to be just fine).

    So, where Opera 10 alpha 1 / xmas snapshot is a perfectly usable stable daily browser with a fairly unstable mail client, these bleeding edge webkit browsers are comparatively unstable for browsing, and are relatively feature incomplete as well. Chrome being a fair example here: it might be fast, but it’s too unstable and feature-lean to use as my main browser.

  • richard

    i just tried the latest svn version of arora built with qt 4.5 beta and it scored 100/100 on the acid3 test and 963 on theV8 Benchmark Suite

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