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The BIG browser benchmark (January 2013 edition)

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    The BIG browser benchmark (January 2013 edition)


    It has only been a couple of months since the last Big Browser Benchmark but there has been enough changes to warrant a re-running the tests. There's also a new benchmark test to put the browsers through their paces.

    Let's pit the leading browsers against four of the toughest benchmark tests available to see which one is triumphant. Here are the browsers that will be put through their paces:

    •Chrome 24
    •Chrome 23 (left in the listing for comparison with newer release)
    •Firefox 18
    •Firefox 16 (left in the listing for comparison with newer release)
    •Opera 12
    •Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit)
    •Internet Explorer 10 (32-bit)
    •Safari 5

    Here are the tests that the browsers will face:

    •SunSpider JavaScript 0.9.1: A JavaScript benchmark developed by Apple's WebKit team in 2007 with a focus on real-world problem solving;
    •V8 Benchmark Suite: A pure JavaScript benchmark used by Google to tune the V8 JavaScript engine;
    •Peacekeeper: FutureMark's JavaScript test which stress-tests features such as animation, navigation, forms and other commonly utilized tasks;
    •Kraken 1.0: Another JavaScript benchmark developed by Mozilla. This is based on SunSpider but features crucial benchmarking enhancements;
    •RoboHornet: A Google-led open-source browser benchmark.
    •Octane: Google's new benchmark, based on the V8 test suite.

    All testing carried out on a Windows 7 (32-bit) machine, running a P8600 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card.

    Read more at source:
    The BIG browser benchmark (January 2013 edition) | ZDNet

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    Where The Wild Things Are...
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    Great read, my first assumption of a winner was Chrome, glad to see it lives up to expectations.
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    Scotland
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Only reason I do not use Chrome on my tablet is the problems with touch. Firefox beats them hands down on that, IE10 falls by the wayside as not all sites are compatible.
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    I've never really found there to be noticeable performance differences between the various different browsers. I like Chrome because it's available on multiple platforms and I love the sync option.
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    I've tried most browsers, and avoided IE6 and IE7 altogether, by using Firefox. I still use FF as my 'secondary' browser, but in MY opinion, IE10 wins hands-down. I tried Chrome a couple of times, but disliked it. I think most of the mis-informed hate on IE is due to IE6 and 7 being so pathetic, security-wise. That is no longer the case.
    Wenda.
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I've never really understood the value of browser speed tests; they are like Olympic events, so what if one swimmer is 1/100th of a second faster than anyone else, you can't measure that with the human eye.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Website "Designers" will add more bloat


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I've tried most browsers, and avoided IE6 and IE7 altogether, by using Firefox. I still use FF as my 'secondary' browser, but in MY opinion, IE10 wins hands-down. I tried Chrome a couple of times, but disliked it. I think most of the mis-informed hate on IE is due to IE6 and 7 being so pathetic, security-wise. That is no longer the case.
    Wenda.
    IE9 & IE10 are basically uncustomisable.
    I haven't used Chrome much, but I get the impression that you can't really customise it either (I don't like Google much either).

    Opera seems to be OK.
    I don't think that it is as customisable as FF (more accurately, I couldn't figure out how to set it up like my FF setup).

    FF (desktop version) is the only browser that lets me customise things my way (mostly).
    I also run NoScript, so that I can control all of the wretched Flash and JavaScript annoyances.

    The problem with these speed tests is that website "designers" will use them to justify adding more bloat, thus counteracting the improvements made to the browsers (by their creators: MS, Google, Mozilla, Opera, etc.).
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    Good to know IE 10 is doing swell. I choose IE over chrome EVERY DAY due to some questionable privacy concerns, phishing/malware problems I've seen with chrome usage and in actual testing, and it's not considerably faster than IE 10. A second or three faster of page load time or YouTube buffering doesn't justify having to deal with serious malware. This is something I've seen first hand with some people...

    And IE has decent sync features through the use of a Microsoft account on the one and only Windows 8. On the Desktop, your Favorites will sync over. With the immersive IE, your Favorites and IE Start Screen pins sync over. SUPER handy when your hard drive expires....
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    And my experience with malware has always been with IE 6, 7 and 8. I've never had a problem with chrome in the few years that I have run it. That's my personal take on it.
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    IE 9 and 10 don't have those issues, but earlier versions of IE are used on xp, like IE 8. xp is already sucky with security. Seriously, if Windows xp would have had a password, it would had been password! Then put an iffy OS with awful security with and older browser, BOOM! Malware!
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