Opera 10.5 Alpha, Safari 4, IE 8, Firefox 3.6b5, and Chrome 4 Benchmarked
December 23, 2009 4:45 PM
Opera 10.5 Alpha features a gorgeous new Aero interface in Windows 7 and is the second fastest browser in 2 of our 3 synthetic benchmarks. We tested the latest test builds of all the major browsers.
We see how fast the latest crop of browsers really are
With search ad-revenue sharing agreements, browsers are becoming a viable business and not just another vaporous business plan. Our four part series on next generation browsers aired earlier this year and can be found here (
). It looked at a variety of aspects of the next gen browsers -- including security, functionality, standards support, synthetic benchmarks, memory/CPU usage, and real world page load times. And of course, by now it's quite dated, thanks to the tireless work of engineers at the major browser makers.
This time around we're offering a much briefer update on the state of the browser wars. We've collected the latest browsers and release candidates -- the just released Opera 10.5 Alpha, Google Chrome 4.0.266 beta, Safari 4.0.4 (531.21.10), Internet Explorer 8, and Firefox 3.6 beta 5.
We ran each browser through three synthetic benchmarks --
FutureMark's PeaceKeeper benchmark
Celtic Kane's JS Benchmark
(more is better)
1. Chrome 4 - 432 ± 24
2. Safari 4 - 297 ± 3
3. Opera 10.5 alpha - 252 ± 5
4. Firefox 3.6b5 - 157 ± 4
5. IE8 - 67 ± 3
(more is better)
1. Chrome 4 - 3984 points
2. Opera 10.5 alpha - 3597 points
3. Safari 4 - 3570 points
4. Firefox 3.6b5 - 2905 points
5. IE 8 - 1006 points
(less is better)
1. Opera 10.5 alpha - 470.2ms +/- 5.1%
2. Chrome 4 - 503.8ms +/- 3.9%
3. Safari 4 - 622.8ms +/- 12.6%
4. Firefox 3.6b5 - 883.2ms +/- 1.2%
5. IE8 - 4539.0ms +/- 0.6%
Opera 10.5 alpha, the first major release
since Opera 10
The alpha build also is one of the most attractive looking browsers on the market, with a pleasant Aero window and rich graphical look in Windows 7. The only real downsides of the browser are that some web apps (such as Wordpress type journal programs) don't always behave as expected, due to the fact that they were written with IE 8/Firefox 3+ in mind. Also, the alpha build is admittedly a memory hog and a bit unstable, though it hasn't crashed on us (once) yet. On the other hand, one significant upside is that the new graphics library and JS engine will likely be pumped up to even quicker performance by release time.
We recommend you download
Firefox 3.6 beta 5
Opera 10.5 Alpha
from these links and try them for yourself. Picking a browser is largely subjective, so it'd be misleading if we said any one browser is better than the others, though there are some differences in features, which we've attempted to summarize.
Note: All tests were run in Windows 7 on a 15" MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, running at 1066 MHz (Boot Camp was used to boot into Windows 7). The notebook has a GeForce 9600M GT, which has its own 512 MB GDDR3 memory, and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M which shares 256 MB of the main DDR3 system RAM.
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