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13-Way Web Browser Performance Roundup

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Regeneration, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Regeneration NGOHQ.COM

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    Despite all the rumors of Apple discontinuing Safari for Windows, the web browser market is still on fire. New versions and updates are being released almost on a weekly basis. In fact, with so many options available - it would be nice to know which one is the fastest. Unfortunately, it's been a while since someone came up with a performance roundup. So we spent the last couple of days benchmarking the most popular web browsers and even some of less popular ones (a total of 13 in number). Is Google Chrome still on top? Read on to find out.

    Read more: http://www.ngohq.com/news/22169-web-browser-performance-roundup-for-q3-2012-a.html
     
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    In short, the latest Chrome wins in everything except for WebVizBench.

    Good performance comparison though Regeneration.
     
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    You can't beat Firefox with its plugins. It's not just about rendering speed, but also about useability and a killer feature makes a product a must-have regardless of anything else.

    Also, rendering accuracy is critically important too. Rendering a page fast and poorly is useless. I don't see rendering accuracy compared here.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    Looks like Microsoft has some improvements they need to make to IE 64-bit. Something is causing it to be ridiculously slow. IE should be the most mature 64-bit browser too because it debuted almost 10 years ago now.
     
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    Indeed, it makes you wonder what Microsoft are playing at, doesn't it? I have a feeling that perhaps they're not putting their best people into developing it, perhaps?
     
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    IE slow as hell. I'm not surprised by this
    microsoft obviously doesn't know how to make a good browser
     
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    I see no difference in the speed of 32 vs 64 bit in IE9 displaying web pages.
    How do the benchmark scores, between these two, compare to real-world surfing experience?
     
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    out of curiosity, what plugins do you use that you can't find an equivalent in chrome for? I'll readily admit that google is not a mozilla's level as far as extensions and customization go- but i also think they have a great selection of add-ons, and i've found one for every need i had in firefox.

    again, curiosity ;)
     
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    Why do people need dozens and dozens of add-ons for their browser?
    Honest question ... not trying to start a fight or anything.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    It's almost like the optimizations they put in 32-bit weren't included in 64-bit as well.


    Same. It might be a bug in the test, not the browser.
     
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    I guess I don't care about the benches as long as the browser responds within my expectations.
    If IE9 takes one second to display a page, and Chrome takes .5 seconds, it just doesn't matter to me.

    I have noticed something at work recently. Most of the machines are still XP SP3 and something is causing IE8 to be really slow, even simple things like opening a new tab. This never used to be the case.
    A new update perhaps? The machines running Win7 with IE9 are fine.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    Same again! My XP Pro SP3 computer with IE8 is painfully slow. So slow, it's tempting to upgrade it to Windows 7/8. It's slow to open the "My Network Places" too though so there would be more benefit to upgrading than just IE.
     
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    A covert coding and update operation by microsoft to initiate upgrades? :laugh:

    Continuing without my timfoil hat on ... Nothing seems to help.
    Disabling add-on does not imporve things.
    It seems like IE8 is now doing something that is bogging things down more than before.
    I don't run XPx64 so I don't know if it is the same in that OS.
     
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    ppl still use IE8? wtf? that browser is over 3 years old. IE8 has serious compatibility issues with some newer websites or the websites doesn't even work
     
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    Except that's not the problem. Everything displays fine ... it's just gotten really slow.

    I'm talking about a corporate network.
    I am upgrading to Win7, but available cash dictates the speed at which that happens.
    I cannot upgrade the XP workstations to IE9 or I would.
     
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    Because it helped me contribute to Rick Astley being nominated for best artist ever :laugh:
     
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    try loading a site which uses HTML5 and tell me if it even loads or not
    u can always install a modern browser like FF, Chrome, SRWare Iron, Comodo Dragon, Opera, LunaScape,...
     
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    I had no idea ! :eek:
    I'm switching to FF right now !! :p :laugh:

    HTML 5 compatibilty makes no difference to me on my work network at this point.
    99% of what goes on by the users works fine in IE8, I am just trying to figure out what it has started doing to make it so slow.

    On topic : It would be interesting to see all the test results based on something meaningful (like time) as opposed to just a generic scoring system.
    I've never been nuts about benchmarks that produce an overall score.
    I'm not saying that the results are wrong, as the tests should be applied equally to each browser or whatever, I just would like to see all the details.
     
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    It is interesting that they included Avant, since it is just a UI skin over IE/Firefox/Chrome. What I find even more interesting is that they didn't list what rendering engine they set Avant to use during the testing. I actually use Avant as my main browser, but with the Chrome rendering engine as the default, so it is just as fast as chrome from my experience. Though it is extremely convenient to be able to just create a new tab using any one of the other two rendering engines without having to open a new window.

    Sure I can, Chrome with its plugins.:D Most of the firefox plug-in developers have made their plug-ins available for chrome, so the plug-in advantage is pretty much gone with firefox. I can't stand firefox since and they still haven't separated each tab to its own thread so when one tab crashes, they all don't crash...even IE managed to do this.:ohwell:
     
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    Hm they included Safari? Safari for windows is no more lol.
     
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    I was actually thinking the same thing? :toast:

    Just wondering what uses these plugins have? I use chrome straight up with no plugins.
     
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    That hasn't been made official, when they released Safari 6.0 they didn't release a version for Windows and people are assuming that means Safari for Windows has been discontinued. However, it is also just as likely that the ported version of Safari 6.0 for Windows just isn't ready. Safari 5.1.7 is still available, and since they both use the same rendering engine, and Safari 6.0 is largely focused around OSX integration, getting a 6.0 release out for Windows might not be a priority.

    They add functionality, some being more useful than others. The most popular are probably plug-ins that block ads, as a lot of people don't like ads.
     
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    IE9, every tab is its own process. The entire process can crash and the main IE9 process can recover/restore it. Can even transfer tabs between IE9 windows. They got some Aero wizardy going on there which is why XP doesn't support it.
     
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    That is what I mean, Chrome is the same way and so is Opera, AFAIK Firefox is the only modern tabbed browser that doesn't run each tab as its own process. It makes it really annoying when on tab crashes everything.
     
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    And Iceweasel (the Firefox derivative Debian and Aptosid provide) works like FF too with everything in one process. Might this be to keep the application running smoothly on single core CPUs?
     
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