Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 24, Firefox 18, Internet Explorer 10, Opera 12.12

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Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 24, Firefox 18, Internet Explorer 10, Opera 12.12


Windows 8 is out with a new version of Internet Explorer, Firefox has boosted its JavaScript power and memory usage, and Chrome has been slowly improving its speed. How do the new versions stack up against each other? We found out in our latest round of browser speed tests.

We’ve been testing browsers for a while, and we’ve refined our method fairly well by now. It’s a mix of manually timed user experience measures and hardcore JavaScript benchmarks, plus some new tests to assess how well features such as Chrome’s prerendering and Firefox’s on demand tab loading acgtually work. All tests take place on Windows (which is why we didn’t test Safari — it isn’t very popular on Windows, and testing the Mac version wouldn’t give us a reasonable basis for comparison).

As always, remember that speed is not the only thing your browser has to offer. Each browser has a number of unique features and characteristics, all of which you should factor into making your choice of which to use. However, while you can easily peruse a list of features for any browser, you can’t easily compare their speed, and that’s why we’ve put this together. It’s just one more way to compare browsers as you make your decision. Also keep in mind that everyone’s computer is different; your numbers may differ from ours, but the differences between the numbers should be the same.

Cold Boot-Up Winner: Chrome!


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Tab Loading Winner: TIE Between Chrome and Internet Explorer!


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URL Loading Winner: Chrome!


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Cold Restore Winner: Chrome!


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JavaScript Winner: Chrome!


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Memory Usage (With Nine Tabs Open) Winner: Firefox!


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Memory Usage (With Nine Tabs and Five Extensions) Winner: Firefox!


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The Winner?

This time around, there was actually a very clear winner, but we’ve decided to stop tallying up the results and raking browsers in these tests. Why? Because we think you should decide for yourself. Everyone has different priorities, so we’ve decided to stop including a “winner”. If you don’t ever shut down your computer, for example, you can simply ignore the cold boot scores. Don’t like benchmarks? Throw out the JavaScript test. Have 12GB of RAM? Then memory management isn’t really an issue. Check out the above results and see how the browsers stack up when it comes to your most important tests — and of course, weigh each browser’s features — before you determine your own winner.

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