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Windows 7: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox


11 Mar 2009   #1

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Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

Just before announcing that Internet Explorer 8 has been finalized, Microsoft has released a new report titled "Measuring Browser Performance: Understanding issues in benchmarking and performance analysis." The document explains the various browser and network components and how each piece can impact performance when benchmarking, capabilities and limitations of various benchmarking tools, as well as ways to design tests to avoid these issues. What makes this report extremely dubious is the chart that is buried at the bottom. It shows IE8 outperforming Firefox 3.05 and Chrome 1.0, something that no other test on the Internet has ever shown before.

Before I start to rant and rave, I want to explain that I am an IE8 user (in fact this post was written using IE8 on Windows 7), though I do use other browsers from time to time. IE8 is a vast improvement over IE7, especially in performance, but I will be the first to admit that it still does not compete with third-party browsers when it comes to speed. However, the table Microsoft provides shows the load times for the top 25 websites according to comScore, and IE8 does quite well. The report notes that Microsoft "used the browser 'Done' indicator for timing when the page when the page is completely loaded at that point. For pages which continue to load and change after the 'one' indication we have used common visual cues to generate the timings. Timing is started when the Go button is pressed. These timings were captured in January 2009; because Internet content is always changing you may get different timings when you run these tests."

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11 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 RTM x86/x64
 
 

For some reason, I can't take this as a valid test. It's done by Microsoft.

I noticed today that pages render within milliseconds on FF3 (latest version) on FiOS.

This never happened with Vista, and certainly not XP.
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11 Mar 2009   #3

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

I think M/soft must have a different timebase!

I have been using Chrome, and its faster than all of them so far.
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11 Mar 2009   #4

Windows Vista SP2
 
 

It should be noted that IE opens Mozilla.org faster than Firefox. Firefox, on the other hand, opens Microsoft.com faster than IE.

Weird.
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11 Mar 2009   #5

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deathsink View Post
It should be noted that IE opens Mozilla.org faster than Firefox. Firefox, on the other hand, opens Microsoft.com faster than IE.

Weird.
That is quite humorous ^_^

Also, I find this hard to believe. In personal experience, chrome is overall the most pleasant browser to use "Out of the Box". Safari 4 is incredibly speedy though, and in my experience loads pages notably quicker than Chrome. Not by much, but it is tangible. But a lack of "open recently closed tabs" feature and a duplicate tabs feature keeps me from using it. Opera 10 is also very speedy, the newest snapshot might be as quick as chrome, perhaps a bit quicker. Negligible. The application itself though isn't as fast.

In my experience, in terms of webrendering speed: Safari 4, Chromium/Opera 10, Firefox 3.1, IE.
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11 Mar 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)
 
 

MRDA
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12 Mar 2009   #7

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows Seven Ultimate 64Bit RC
 
 

Great! Now I have to decide what to do with all those extra milliseconds in my life.
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12 Mar 2009   #8

Windows 7 7068
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DABoogadie View Post
Great! Now I have to decide what to do with all those extra milliseconds in my life.
hahaha that's sooo true, they fighting on quarter of a second, man, that's 100 times what you need just to click on the link lol
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17 Mar 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

chrome is awesome
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17 Mar 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

I dont know what test they conducted but it is not the quickest browser on my comp. Although it has covered alot of ground in that department chrome is still hands down winner at opening new tabs and its execution pages. Firefox is lagging behind all of them now and I have not installed it for a while now. I have not tried safari because I don't like apple soft wares trying to take control of my comp. Even though ie has come along way chrome is still the champ for me, snappy minimilistic and easy to use. And its still a beta!
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