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Cold Boot-Up — Winner: Opera!
Tab Loading — Winner: Opera!
DOM/CSS — Winner: Opera!
Memory Use (No Extensions) — Winners: Opera and Firefox!
Memory Use (Five Extensions) — Winners: Opera and Firefox!
Obviously, there’s a lot more to browser choice than speed — variety of extensions, customisability and so on — but when it comes to performance, here’s how our favourite browsers. We gave each contender a point value for its placing in each of the above tests, then tallied up the totals and divided them by the total number of points each could have received.
- Opera 11.51: 82%
- Firefox 7: 73%
- Internet Explorer 9: 47.5%
- Chrome 14: 43%
Opera’s still the speed champion, as usual. The other browsers have surprisingly switched places, though: Firefox, so often looked down upon for its sluggish speeds, has jumped up to #2 with version 7, and Chrome has slowly worked its way down to last place. Granted, Chrome’s inability to complete the CSS test probably pushed it over the edge from 3rd place into 4th. Still, we have seen Chrome slowly gain bloat with each new version, and boy did it feel slow when we ran these tests. Hopefully Google can take a hint from Firefox and make a comeback soon.
Our tests aren’t the most scientific on the planet, but we tried to get readings as accurate as possible to display the kind of experience you’d get from each browser, speed-wise. Let us know if your experience differs — or if the speed losses are worth the browser’s other features — in the comments.