IE9 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Google Chrome 10 vs. Opera 11 vs. Safari 5

By | March 30, 2011 | 21 Comments


IE9 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Google Chrome 10 vs. Opera 11 vs. Safari 5Now here is a new benchmark for you to talk about: power consumption.

Turns out, Microsoft optimized Internet Explorer 9 not only for the performance but also for your wallet and productivity.

According to IE Blog, when it comes to power consumption, IE9 and Firefox 4 are the browsers to die for.

Want some good news? Just by using Internet Explorer 9 over Opera 11 you can have an extra hour of the battery life on your laptop!

IE9 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Google Chrome 10 vs. Opera 11 vs. Safari 5

IE9 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Google Chrome 10 vs. Opera 11 vs. Safari 5

IE9 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Google Chrome 10 vs. Opera 11 vs. Safari 5

What do you think about the results? For even more details, visit the original post.

Thanks, Ichann, RamaSubbu SK!


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  1. mr.lutze says:

    So Microsoft’s browser running on Microsoft’s operating system won test made by Microsoft? Shocking.

  2. Tiago Sá says:

    Well, we can see that Firefox 4 is the clear winner, which is nice for be, because I happen to use Firefox 4… And it’s the winner because IE is always the looser, so the fact that it uses less energy than Firefox 4 (apparently) doesn’t count.

  3. this was clear already… as IE still use quite a lot of stuff that is already provided by windows, it uses less energy…. but I think the topic is overrated.

  4. Rochester says:

    IE 9 is a piece of garbage. Getting an extra hour of battery life by using IE is akin to spending 60 more minutes in the city dump..

    Firefox 4 is the far superior browser..it’s really no contest.

  5. true says:

    True results are represented in the table. Graphics are lying

  6. What about Maxthon 3.0 ?

  7. Lola says:

    Interesting test..

    *According to IE Blog*…

    I can’t….

  8. Anonymous says:

    Don’t tell me that code left in opera for features I do not use equate to nothing.

    Yes IE has emphasis on power consumption http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/HTML5/PowerMeter/Default.html

  9. xmoki says:

    if you spend less time in an efficient browser… i dont see how IE9 can win even on power usage.

  10. xmoki says:

    if you spend less time in an efficient browser… i dont see how IE9 can win even on power usage.

  11. garped says:

    Where did the 17+W for Opera for a test they claimed it couldn’t even complete come from?

    If you ignore that test, Opera seems to have the lowest consumption on 2/3 tests in the last table.

    Microsoft lying again? Say it ain’t so!

  12. lord_sutan says:

    how with chrome 11? now I’m a user chrome 11, although there has been Chrome 12.0.712.0 Beta

  13. Chrome 11 will look about the same as Chrome 10 results, because there is little hardware acceleration in place compared to IE and FF. And with each tab using separate processes there is that much more running/consuming. The more I read of various tests, the more FF4 is looking like the browser to beat all . . . at the moment.

  14. Sebastian V says:

    Please provide info as to this is the Windows versions only. I just started using Ubuntu, and have been using Google Chrome since the very beginning, version 0.2 beta (windows only back then) from September 2008, both partly because of energy consumption. (Firefox at the time had memory leaks with excessive amounts of tabs).
    I know Linux-based operating systems use less than Windows 7, so I believe the same comparison for Ubuntu would be more interesting for many people.
    I assumed I was using the most energy efficient browser on the most energy efficient OS on a very energy efficient laptop (no dedicated graphics, and I always take out the battery after having been plugged in). I would like to see the browser part confirmed…

  15. xyz says:

    what a manipulation… it starts from 10 not from 0 and creates impresion IE9 and firefox 4 takes two times less power consumption than chrome 10 which is an obvious false but the picture is remembered by viewers. microsoft – let’s manipulate milions of people.

  16. Nevergo4less says:

    IE 9 gives you an hour more of battery life on your laptop?? Is that because it’s so slow you’ll need an additional hour to browse for what you need???

    • Tomo! says:

      At least IE9 isn’t as bad as Firefox 4 which destroyed everyones computer I know. I’m using chrome and IE9 because they are superior to most of the rest.

  17. Zander98 says:

    MS should focus less on power consumption issues and more on making IE XHTML and standards compliance!

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