Oh boy, here we go again.
If rumors are proved to be true, then Internet Explorer 9 has got some dirty tricks up its sleeve and they were just debunked.
To put it simply: Microsoft may be cheating in the Sunspider benchmark.
Mozilla’s engineer Rob Sayre was testing different web browsers until he noticed something odd.
Internet Explorer 9 was ~10 times faster in a specific SunSpider test (math-cordic) than any other browser.
Does that prove anything? No. So he continued to investigate.
By tweaking code a little bit, he made a couple of test variations and added a “return” and “true”
As a result, he made a couple of test variations by adding a “return” and “true” values that should not impact results in a big way.
Instead of 1ms, it now took ~20ms for Internet Explorer 9 to complete this specific test.
What about Google Chrome or Opera? It made little to no difference.
What does it all mean? Either, Microsoft has optimized IE9 to triumph the SunSpider benchmark or it’s some sort of bug/unexplained issue.
What’s your take on this issue?
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