Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox

26 Mar

There’s in ~ degree doubt the latest crop of unalterable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced. But in what condition do they perform when tested subordinate to identical conditions?

CNET put the latest permanent versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer through a gauntlet of benchmarks that considered JavaScript and HTML5 composition, as well as boot times and reminiscence usage. (Opera and Safari were not tried because they have not been updated recently, and neither has yet implemented hardware acceleration close to the level that the other three browsers take.) Note that these charts are at beyond all others a snapshot in time, and are unable to exist without on the hardware being used and at all extensions installed. The full charts are below, followed by analysis and an explanation of our methodology.

(Credit: Chart through Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

(Credit: Chart ~ dint of. Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

(Credit: Chart ~ the agency of Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

(Credit: Chart ~ the agency of Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

*JSGamebench was conducted ~ the agency of Facebook developers. The test was included because it’s a publicly available example of real-world gameplay, though we opted to use Facebook’s published data for truth’s sake. The hardware acceleration using WebGL results were not included since only Firefox 4 and Chrome 11 were included in the example group, and Chrome 11 was not tried by CNET this round because it’s stop in beta.

(Credit: Chart by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

(Credit: Chart ~ means of Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Chrome 10

Internet Explorer 9

Firefox 4

SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms)




Kraken (ms)




V8 v6 (higher is upper hand)




JSGamebench 0.3* (higher is more good)




Boot time (s)




Memory (kb)




Though the contest is extremely close in some cases–especially JavaScript rendering–Firefox 4 is strongly favored ~ dint of. HTML5 processing, boot time, and remembrance usage. Overall, I’d judge from these results that Firefox 4 is the winner this time about.

Chrome, however, is absolutely killing it adhering Google’s V8 benchmark. Expect the nearest version of Chrome to perform a great deal of better on the JSGamebench test, formerly hardware acceleration has been fully enabled. You publicly have to toggle a few switches in with reference to:flags to get it all. Also count upon Chrome’s boot time and fame performance to improve–Google has related it plans to spend more time acting on Chrome’s memory hogginess in the future versions.

Given the renewed resurgence in Internet Explorer, it’s also hard to imagine that the IE expanding team isn’t already working steady making the browser better.

Also of share is that the SunSpider results are extremely unite. The gulf between 250 milliseconds and 290 milliseconds is rightful not going to be that detectable ~ the agency of the average person.

How we assayed
Our test machine was a Lenovo T400, with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 scrap running at 2.53GHz, with 3GB of RAM, using Windows 7 x86. We used four publicly profitable tests: WebKit SunSpider 0.9.1, Mozilla Kraken 1.0, Google V8 reading 6, and JSGameBench 0.3. All tests with the ~ion of for JSGamebench were conducted using a “devoid of warmth boot” of the browser, that is, the two the computer and the browser vital principle tested were restarted before each trial. Each test was performed three state of things , and the results you see are the averages. Browsers had tot~y extensions and add-ons deactivated by reason of the tests.

We opened five Web sites according to all tests, in addition to in ~ degree test site. These were:,,,,,

The profit time benchmarks were conducted by manually starting a stopwatch while clicking on the browser’s taskbar icon, and at that time hitting stop when the last tab’s resolving indicator stopped rotating. One half-second was subtracted from Internet Explorer 9’s pre-averaged spells to account for the extra time it took to collision the Reload previous session link, considering the browser doesn’t support that turn of expression the way Firefox 4 and Chrome 10 grant.

The memory test was conducted ~ means of opening the aforementioned set of tabs and looking at Google Chrome’s reminiscence manager. You can access it ~ the agency of typing “about:memory” into the Chrome situation bar. The figure we used is the Private Memory, that only totals memory used by the browser that’s not shared ~ dint of. other processes. It’s also advantageous because it tallies all of Chrome’s extended tab memory usage into one suitable number.

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One response to “Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox

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