Safari 4 vs. Google Chrome vs. Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 vs. Firefox 3 vs. Opera 10 Alpha vs. Opera 9.6 vs. Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 vs. Internet Explorer 7

By | March 15, 2009 | 14 Comments


If you are getting annoyed by old and popular SunSpider benchmark results, here is a new gem for you: PeaceKeeper – The Browser Benchmark.

The following browsers were tested:

Apple Safari 4.0 beta
Firefox 3.0.7
Firefox 3.1 beta 2
Firefox 3.1 beta 3
Google Chrome 1.0.154.48
Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE7)
Internet Explorer 8.0 beta 2 (IE8)
Opera 9.64
Opera 10.00 alpha
SeaMonkey 1.1.14
SeaMonkey 2.0 alpha 3

To create the tests Futuremark used a profiler to analyze JavaScript usage while browsing popular websites such as YouTube, Facebook, GMail and Meebo. The profiler collected data on the frequency in which different JavaScript functions were called on these sites and Futuremark used this data to create specific weighted tests for each function. The end result is a benchmark and shows ‘true’ JavaScript performance on browsers that can be run on any operating system and platform as long as it can run JavaScript.

Safari 4 vs. Google Chrome vs. Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 vs. Firefox 3 vs. Opera 10 Alpha vs. Opera 9.6 vs. Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 vs. Internet Explorer 7
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  • http://nocontinues.net/ Tiago Sá

    I think I’ll make a benchmark too. A simple javascript that detects the agent and delivers a result, and then people can wet themselves over them too.

    SunSpider is the way to go, and nothing else.

  • http://arestov.habrahabr.ru Gleb Arestov

    @Tiago Sá , who is Sun Spider??

  • Foo

    Opera 9.64 -> 317
    Firefox 3.0.7 -> 230

    Ok, let’s try with a freshly started Firefox (just like the Opera above) instead of one that has 294tabs open and are using a session that’s been around since Fx3 betas.

    Firefox 3.0.7 -> 346

    This is on Gentoo with 2.6.27-r8 kernel and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ and 3GB RAM (stupid HP BIOS -_-).

  • toram

    Seems like this test is very sound – It actually tests based on what real websites use.
    Sunspider is purely theoretical, and iBench is horribly outdated.

  • effzee

    I think this serves to hilight how inaccurate and leaned toward particular applications, programming techniques & browser engines these benchmarking tools can be.

    Although I must confess to being personally glad that Opera is faring well in these tests, it seems that from one benchmarking suite to the next the results come out very differently.

    Does that say something about the browsers or the benchmarking tool itself?

  • Petter

    This benchmark tests more than sunspider, V8 and the other purely javascript benchmarks. It also tests DOM, CSS, Layout and painting performance which obviously will show a more accurate and difference result that the purely artificial benchmarks.

  • toram

    This one tests the DOM too, this is why Opera fares so well.

  • Foo

    Then you will probably like Dromaeo as it tests “DOM Querying, Traversing, Manipulation, and Attributes” among other things.

  • Kira

    Safari 4 ftw. Rarely anyone uses it but it is actually one of the best web browsers out there. I recommend it.

  • theo

    hey ive just upgraded from firefox the latest one, cant remember the ver. but i belive safari 4 is the best/fastest/neat/easy to use web surfer out.

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  • Dudley Do-Right

    In terms of a single package browser suite when it comes to pure functionality and performance Opera comes out ahead. Opera integrates the most features and maintains performance while using those features. Adblock is one of the key features that opera has integrated and I have always found that it performs better than Firefox while running their add-on adblocker extension. Safari and Chrome also require extensions in order to block ads and i feel that they suffer a performance hit while running it. Opera takes less of a hit and thus runs better overall.

  • http://positivespot.blogspot.com/ Thinker

    wow, don’t knew safari is such a great browser. Will give it a try.

  • zach

    My favorite is Chrome. For some reason, it loads pages quickly even while connected to my crappy school’s wireless network. Second for me is Safari, and I absolutely hate internet explorer 8,