SunSpider 1.0 Released

By | May 2, 2013 | 10 Comments


SunSpider 1.0 ReleasedBack in 2007, WebKit team has released SunSpider 0.9, a JavaScript benchmark that since became the golden standard when it comes to browser tests. Six years later we finally got a much needed update (excluding 0.91) and it’s a decent one.

So what ground breaking features can you expect from the 1.0 release? None. Instead, developers focused on addressing various issues, such as with power management where delay between tests has been completely eliminated. In addition to that, they have added validation checks that “force the JavaScript engine to execute the test in full”.

And that’s pretty much it as far as important changes go. On a positive note, SunSpider 1.0 runs up to twice as fast due to no execution delay.

[Thanks, Blake]


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  • MacVities

    Guessing it’s been tuned to ensure Webkit browsers always perform the best.. Just like Microsoft’s test ensures IE performs best and Mozilla’s benchmark ensures Firefox benches best.

    The only people not playing “lets create a benchmark that lends itself to where out browser is the fastest in synthetic testing” is Opera, who use use real world speed and what “feels” the fastest.

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

      Just tried it, IE10 is the fastest and Chrome 26 is the slowest, interesting.

    • apád anyád

      Kraken and Octane are open, and I have not seen a report on how someone found a “prefer our own browser” code.

      • Tiago Sá

        To play devil’s advocate here, you can make a test that favours the things your browser’s good at and doesn’t test the stuff it isn’t good at…

      • MacVities

        You just test the stuff you know are your products strengths, and don’t put much effort into tests for those it’s not.

        It’s how all the browser vendors (except Opera) seem to be playing games these days to fool over idiot consumers.

        • Przemysław Lib

          And actually there whas no report from MS, Google, Opera that Kraken or DROMERO, test things partially. They thested important (and nobody say otherwise) standards.

          (Octane is separate topic here).

    • Prevacator

      Except IE10 is the fastest and Firefox is faster than Chrome.

      Great hypothesis you’ve got there.

  • Mikah

    I’m no fan of IE9 but its the fastest at 109 ms Opera 161 ms Comodo dragon 172ms.

    • hehe

      agreed ie 10 ran 165.4 ms and opera 12.64 ran 273.9 ms

  • Przemysław Lib

    Before you jump into

    Browser X is fastest.

    SunSpider is poor comparision for JavaScript perf. since its just test of how fast you can pull date info… (Which is unimportant in real world…)