Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

By | November 21, 2012 | 18 Comments


Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1With Microsoft publishing a developer preview version of Windows 8 back in 2011, it’s time to find out, which (if any) of the web browser companies actually did their homework and optimized the software for the latest OS.

Web Browsers

Internet Explorer 10
Firefox 16
Google Chrome 23
Opera 12.10

Benchmark Results

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Conclusion

Windows 8 Benchmarks: IE10 vs. Firefox 16 vs. Google Chrome 23 vs. Opera 12.1

Overall, a mixed bag of results. Depending on your needs, you might be better off staying with Windows 7 or upgrading to Windows 8.

For even more details, check the original post.

[Thanks, Hiram]


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  • lol

    why hardware acceleration and webgl was not enabled in Opera? it would make it more competitive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DanJSaunders Danny Saunders

      Probably because its not yet stable?

    • Przemysław Lib

      They are working on it.

      Whole thing boils down to sh**y GPU drivers, Opera need good OpenGL implementation, which was neglected by any GPU vendor on Win side of things. (Apple ignored OpenGL in their OSX, Linux crowd never got enough leverage to force good OpenGL implementation).

      Good news: Its changing, OpenGL under Windows is getting better!
      Bad news: since there is NO autoupdate for drivers under Windows, drivers are still mess. And owners of older hw have even more troubles as their hw will not get decent gpu drivers at all.

      Opera try (or will try) to detect if gpu/drivers can support OpenGL (on decent level), and will enable WebGL, and/or hardware acceleration.
      It already should be turnable in options.

      • Ichann

        So you are blaiming vendors instead of Opera for the lack of utilisation ,whereas the other browser makers can make their product work with the available technology?

        • Przemysław Lib

          Why yes.

          For example AMD have team that work on OpenSource GPU drivers for Linux and team that work on proprietary Catalyst.

          OpenSource team have its own OpenGL test suite. Catalyst team NEVER run it against their driver. Now they did, and found some serious bugs.

          Nvidia only recently did real work on optimizing OpenGL (both on Lin and Win).

          And Intel play catch up all the time. (Recently good one, but they lag non the less).

          That is why Firefox and Chrome USE DX9 TO SIMULATE WebGL, and NOT OPENGL on Windows.

          • Ichann

            Good sir,

            Many peoe do not (and I repeat), give a shit about OpenGL or direct x or whatever backed you put I there. What yhh care about is that it simply works. No fuss, no mess.

            If my OS of choice offers it, why not utilise it?

          • Przemysław Lib

            Its GPU DRIVERS that offer both DX and OpenGL.

            And they did poor job of that. To the extent where EVERYBODY emulate OpenGL for their WebGL implementation in DX.

            Its as if you wanted Ferrari, so you painted BMW in red :D

          • Ichann

            If you say it is bad as it is ( which it isn’t), then why not code with what you have?

            I don’t know if you are on the Linux camp but everything works in windows. It has to work in windows.

          • Przemysław Lib

            MS do not care much about OpenGL (why would they ;) ) So they just keep complaining about DX complacency to GPU vendors. And since OpenGL market was smaller than DX. OpenGL got less attention.

            And no. OpenGL works better under Linux :P (for proprietary drivers of AMD and Nvidia).

            And that is why Chrome/Firefox teams use DX. It works. They just need to put emulation layer on top of it. This decrease performance a bit, but it work.

  • Guesty Guest

    The publishing date on the article on Tom’s Hardware is “12:00 AM – November 19, 2012″.

    I don’t understand why they didn’t wait a day or so and then use Firefox 17 in the tests.

    As of November 20th 2012 Firefox 16 is out of date.

    • Ichann

      With the rapid release cycles of FF, I do not think it would have made a huge difference in the world. However, they should have waited like you said

    • Przemysław Lib

      Publication date =/= testing date.

      Those are lots of tests. They take time to arrange, execute, gather and analyze.

  • IE User

    IE10 Rocks likes others!! Hoohhuuu
    WIndows 8 + IE10 definitely rocks!!

    • Przemysław Lib

      NOW as in THIS VERY MOMENT.
      Chrome, FF, Opera will have 2y to get ahead.

      IE being ON PAIR is real no good news.

      Though this time maybe it will be decent enough.

  • guusts

    Operas implementation of OpenGL,WebGL and HWA is different than other browsers but lets admit that opera fails to deliver it on v12.

    Opera is falling behind the competition and web standards support nowadays also, “INNOVATION”(Tab Stacking is the recent example)

    Heck, even maxthon is beating opera on web standards(HTML5test.com) and on some benchmarks like peacekeeper)

    Opera needs to get back on track and be the fastest web browser king like 10.50 did.

  • qwert

    They should do what browser can do most tabs and windows and be stable.