Energy Efficiency Benchmarks: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Google Chrome 26 vs. Firefox 21

By | June 6, 2013 | 16 Comments


Energy Efficiency Benchmarks: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Google Chrome 26 vs. Firefox 21Microsoft funded study confirms that IE is the best.

Back in 2011, we compared IE9 and its competitors to see which one consumes the least amount of power. Spoiler alert: Internet Explorer won and Opera lost heavily.

Well, guys at Fraunhofer Inc. decided to download Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome 26 and Mozilla Firefox 21 and do a study of their own.

Here are the results:

Energy Efficiency Benchmarks: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Google Chrome 26 vs. Firefox 21

Energy Efficiency Benchmarks: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Google Chrome 26 vs. Firefox 21

Energy Efficiency Benchmarks: Internet Explorer 10 vs. Google Chrome 26 vs. Firefox 21

Just like last time, Internet Explorer won and despite the fact that it was a funded study, the results do look legit.

Any objections?

[Via: IEBlog, TC]


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  • CamilleH

    Yes : How about a performance (page rendering, JS benchmark and what not) vs energy consumption graph.
    I’m pretty sure my skateboard consumes less energy than my car.

    • IE User

      Regarding real world performance all the browsers are almost the same only milliseconds difference- which you wouldn’t notice. IE performance is good on end-to-end with hardware acceleration.

      IE is definitely rocking here… Chromium is see this – they might fix this soon. No hope on other browsers.

      • Przemysław Lib

        Its not.
        (Since IE 10 was already released while both Chrome and FF had multiple releases since)

        “miliseconds” difference can only come out of “Sunspider” benchmarks – most definitely NOT real world workload.

        So performance or whole Wat per site would be great addition.

  • http://www.gamenode.cz/ Martin Procházka

    I can see why have Opera lost the previous one. It was wery bulky browser. I can’t wait for the same test with Opera 15.

    • Mehran

      Who cares about Opera anymore and more precisely who has ever cared about these tests??
      Imagine asking someone about the reason of choosing his browser, and imagine “Energy Efficiency” as an answer! Funny!

      • http://www.gamenode.cz/ Martin Procházka

        I care about Opera! And those test are good just for overall, nothing more.

        • Mehran

          You care about a UI, not a browser ;-)

          • http://www.gamenode.cz/ Martin Procházka

            Actually I care about UX (user experience) which is the best on Opera.

      • http://www.favbrowser.com FavBrowser.com

        Well, IE9 vs Opera gave you an extra hour of battery life on your laptop (back in days when they lasted 3-4 hours), that’s a pretty significant different and something to consider.

  • WingRunner

    Can you do the same benchmark for OSX? Safari vs Google Chrome vs others would be ideal :)

  • gggggg

    Usual Microsoft bullshit. clearly opera mini with its remote rendering and execution is way lower. Which is why it’s not included. Microsoft and its cherry picked stats are laughable.

  • Przemysław Lib

    Yes.

    How long it took to render vs power consumption.

    –> How much power it took to render site on avrg.

    Where Flash versions equal (no they weren’t since Google do their own Flash…)

    Which addons where on.

    What operating system was used?

    Where HW accelerations enabled?

    But test cases looks good. Just more info about methodology, and about which exactly versions where used.

  • OperaFanBoy

    Has it occurred to anyone that IE is more energy-efficient because IT’S EFFECTIVELY PART OF THE OS.

    • NicolaMantovani

      I used Opera for almost 10 years (until it just became the most bloated thing ever, here’s hoping for Opera 15+), and not even I could defend it with an argument like this one :D

  • http://www.alfystudio.com Ahmad Alfy

    Microsoft studies are always biased. Remember the studies that claimed that IE9 supports HTML5 and CSS3 more than any browser?