Internet Explorer 9 vs. Safari 5 (Hardware Acceleration)

By | June 9, 2010

Internet Explorer 9 vs. Safari 5 (Hardware Acceleration)With the recent Safari 5 announcement, Apple has also introduced hardware acceleration support for Windows machines.

To find out how it stacks up against Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration, Microsoft ran some tests (see video below (requires Silverlight)).

What about results?
In the very first demo, IE9 Preview versions had an average of 50fps while Safari struggled to reach even 10fps. During Flickr Explorer demo, Internet Explorer 9 kept around 20fps while Safari 5 was averaging about 7fps only.

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It makes me wonder, whether Apple just made up that feature before Safari 5 launch, or it’s just poorly developed. What’s your take on this?

Thanks to Grrblt and zoori for the news tip.


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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 Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. I just cannot imagine what Opera will bring to the table :P

  2. max1c says:

    I believe there is no Hardware acceleration at all or either it’s so minor that it doesn’t make any difference. Steve Jobs just said we are going to  first who puts it out no matter if its good or bad.

    • Ichann says:

      Steve, says a lot of things.
      Yet he still wears the same thing (although it does cost a pretty penny). Sigh! How I wish I had a turtle neck like his

  3. RamaSubbu SK says:

    I’m more interested to see what Microsoft has to say for Opera 10.53 or later.

  4. novaldy says:

    tested flickr explorer on opera 10.6 alpha..
    gets around 20 fps.. :)

  5. Somebody says:

    Its funny how Internet Explorer talks about all browsers in this test except Opera coz Opera beats them without any hardware acceleration. And in the HTML5 tests that they created, they talk about Opera coz they are beating them in that tests. Seems like IE team has selective memory when it comes to these tests.