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Windows 7: IE8 beats Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari in battery

15 Sep 2009   #11
Nibiru2008

Windows 7 Professional X64 Build 7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
 
 

I'll stick with Firefox... the difference is negligible and I'm running a desktop anyway. FF has too many options and add-ons that I use.

IE8 may be good for some people, but M$ is still behind the proverbial 8 Ball compared to FF.


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16 Sep 2009   #12
bloke

Windows 7 7600 x64 (16385) Ultimate,Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fakeasdf View Post

That was more than likely something weird with their servers and IE8... Try setting up your own apache, or IIS server on a computer then hit it with FF and IE8. IE8 kills FF on download speed when it comes to servers that can actually max out ff or IE8...
hmmm, networking is my weakness ill admit, so i have no idea what your talking about. so off topic again, but is it like this: ie8 is slower than ff in loading pages, but ie8 has a faster max hit in d/l speed compared to ff? am i right? because when ever i use ie8 it IS slower than ff but i never used ie8 for d/ling, even when i convinced my dad to use ff from ie7 he said its faster.
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16 Sep 2009   #13
bloke

Windows 7 7600 x64 (16385) Ultimate,Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
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so it only makes sense to choose software based on battery life, in addition to other factors and criteria.
Mine is hardly ever unplugged, so the battery life was never going to be an issue, and the reason I have a laptop and not P.C is because of space limitations.

I will never use anything but Firefox, because I have always found it faster, more customisable, and it's just outright more attractive to look at, and although the bulk of web time isn't limited to browsing MySpace, I.E, 7 or 8 doesn't display profiles properly.
im with you on that one.

here is another thing to poke at IE8 for, memory usage.
here is a snap shot of ie8 vs FF 3.5.3, 3 tabs open same pages, to make it fair FF has a custom theme, some add ons and plug ins enabled, IE8, well i dont use it so no custom content for him. take note that FF only uses one instance in task manager weighing in at just under 80mb, then notice IE8 hogging 4 instances weighing over 390mb total!

IE8 beats Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari in battery-capture.png

so with the fact IE8 uses a huge chunk in memory, i wonder how it is it scores the lowest in power usage? i would have thought it would have been the other way around, less mem usage = less power consumption?


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16 Sep 2009   #14
Corpsecrank

Win7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

But with such a marginal difference the speed of firefox and crome make both of those browser a better deal for the 5 minutes of battery life they shave off.

If you compare crome and firefox in speed they are so closely matched that they are virtually the same however they beat IE8 by nearly double the speed so for only being a slight amount easier on battery life IE8 still loses in my opinion.

I would gladly sacrifice a few minutes of battery for a browser with double the speed.
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17 Sep 2009   #15
bloke

Windows 7 7600 x64 (16385) Ultimate,Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corpsecrank View Post
But with such a marginal difference the speed of firefox and crome make both of those browser a better deal for the 5 minutes of battery life they shave off.

If you compare crome and firefox in speed they are so closely matched that they are virtually the same however they beat IE8 by nearly double the speed so for only being a slight amount easier on battery life IE8 still loses in my opinion.

I would gladly sacrifice a few minutes of battery for a browser with double the speed.
you would get d/l's in half the time and still have power left to open IE8 and do some slow browsing until the second website loads and it shuts down.
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17 Sep 2009   #16
bloke

Windows 7 7600 x64 (16385) Ultimate,Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
 
 

i suppose another factor is what were they using for the comparison? were they using internal WiFi? or a usb 3g gsm modem dongle? i imagine the dongle would use more power yet again as usb requires something around 5v?? but relying on wifi really elimenates the purpose of having a laptop, as you are relying on airwaves and "wifi hotspots"...hey guys, you wanna go to the shops and use their wifi??...sorry dude im using my usb gsm dongle while im on a jetski in the middle of the atlantic ocean, i wish i was there tho, im only getting 3.6mbit/s here, and my battery is getting low cos im using ie8's slow browser low power technology, man i wish i chose firefox.
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17 Sep 2009   #17
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bloke View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fakeasdf View Post

That was more than likely something weird with their servers and IE8... Try setting up your own apache, or IIS server on a computer then hit it with FF and IE8. IE8 kills FF on download speed when it comes to servers that can actually max out ff or IE8...
hmmm, networking is my weakness ill admit, so i have no idea what your talking about. so off topic again, but is it like this: ie8 is slower than ff in loading pages, but ie8 has a faster max hit in d/l speed compared to ff? am i right? because when ever i use ie8 it IS slower than ff but i never used ie8 for d/ling, even when i convinced my dad to use ff from ie7 he said its faster.
Yes you are correct, it more than likely has to do with the fact that IE is so intertwined into the OS, Not sure tho. I'd say FF is faster in about every other category, personally. IE seems to load pages quickly once the program itself is loaded, but opening IE, opening a new tab, is dreadfully slow compared to FF... IMHO.

On the other note, Check out the disparity between FF and FF with Adblock plus. You know who's fault this is right? Damn adobe and their pos flash player. I wish there was an alternative flash player. Adobe's is such trash, so welcoming of hackers, such an annoying program. Flash is used for Youtube (and other video sites) and Ads. And they don't even try to make it user friendly where a user could stop a flash video, or block it etc. Thank goodness for adblock plus...
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