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Windows 7: Interesting browser comparison

22 Mar 2011   #1
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
Interesting browser comparison

Interesting and extensive browser comparison.

Now that Mozilla has finally released Firefox 4 to the masses, it’s time for a BIG browser benchmark where we take the leading browsers and pit them against four of the toughest benchmark tests available to see which is the tortoise, and which is the hare.

Here are the browsers that will be run:
  • Internet Explorer 9 (9.0.8112.16421) 32-bit
  • Internet Explorer 9 (9.0.8112.16421) 64-bit
  • Firefox 4
  • Chrome 10.0.648.151
  • Safari 5.0.4
  • Opera 11.01

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22 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

well... nice
i use only IE
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22 Mar 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

IE is my main browser too. But for certain things I also use Opera and Chrome. In Ubuntu I use only Chomium because the default Firefox is a dog.
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23 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

The only thing that kinda doesn't make sense to me is IE9's performance in Peacekeeper. With my rig I score above 5000 easily. Who knows...

But as the article states, javascript performance is no longer an issue for any major browser on the market, and the differences are so small that the browser preference is, still, just a subjective experience.

For me, this preference is IE9 as the main browser and Chrome as the backup. Though I tried Firefox 4 and loved it, it had some problems (just like Opera) with sound which were just too annoying (Opera still having slight Flash performance problems too), so there... my two cents.
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23 Mar 2011   #5
Orbital Shark


Shame they didn't check the flash performance of IE9 as it's utter pants!
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23 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1

Pretty nice comparison. I personally think that browsers, with the exception of the 64 bit IE, are all but a user's preference. Hopefully, these browsers continue to be developed as we, the end-users and the real beneficiaries of their development
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23 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Well, benchmarks are nice and dandy, but in real life I don't see as much difference between browsers. Granted, I do not and will not use Chrome. But, between IE8, IE9, FF3, FF4 all in both 32- and 64-bit the performance difference is really minor, also, some of them are faster on some sites and slower on others.

As an example, if I disallow third-party cookies, then sites with lots of ads and "partner" content - such as most newspaper sites - will load way slower right away. This slowdown is so much noticeable than any difference between browsers.

So at the end of the day I believe one's choice of a browser just reflects personal preference. If you want to base your decisions on benchmarks, it's fine as well. For my taste, the GUI is so similar in all of them, I don't even consider it an issue. Speed is similar as well. So my choice is to keep several browsers and use them for completely different purposes - one for secure browsing, such as online banking, another for forums and mail (spell-checking for IE, hello?), another for random sites and so on.
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23 Mar 2011   #8

openSUSE 13.1 64bit

Agreed bench marks are all ok, but it's what the user needs that matters.

I've switched to Chrome from FF, I notice that it's a little faster (but maybe all the add ons I had in FF didn't help), but the main reason for the switch was so I can print direct from my android phone to my home printer using my Google account..sweet!
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23 Mar 2011   #9

Vista Business x64

I question how extensive the tests are, they dont even touch on HTML5 like some of the comments mention.
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23 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Shame they didn't check the flash performance of IE9 as it's utter pants!
Ever since Macromedia was killed off by Adobe, Flash has sucked, regardless of the platform.
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