The browsers that will be covered will be Firefox 3.6.4, Minefield 3.7a5pre (May 17th 2010), IE8 (patched up to the date of writing), IE9 Second Platform Preview, Chromium build 47601(May 18th 2010), Google Chrome build 45376, and Opera 10.53. All will be reviewed with no addons, as close to a fresh install as possible. Caches will be cleared, and browsers reset between tests.
First up, Acid3
As per usual, Webkit based browsers fare quite well in this test. Opera also aces the test, with a perfect 100/100. Internet Explorer 9 trails behind with 68/100, though considering Internet Explorer 8 scored a mere 20/100, it’s a gigantic leap forward. Firefox stable and nightly score about the same, both of which are well within the 90’s.
As for a winner, pretty much everything except for Internet Explorer. Mind, nightly builds (Chromium, Minefield) and developer previews (IE9) don’t necessarily reflect a final product, and can change from day to day.
Again, it appears as though the Webkit based browsers fare quite well, along with Opera as well as Firefox. Internet Explorer 9 PP2 fares quite well too, a huge improvement from Internet Explorer 8.
I’m glad to say that it’s pretty much a toss on this test (except for, of course, Internet Explorer 8). Mind, nightly builds (Chromium, Minefield) and developer previews (IE9) don’t necessarily reflect a final product, and can change from day to day.
Leading the pack is the nightly build of Chromium with 539.2ms, followed by Opera 10.53 at 641.8ms, Chrome build 45376 at 664.0ms, Internet Explorer 9 PP2 at 673.2ms, Minefield 3.7prea5 at 909.2ms, Firefox 3.6.4 at 1208.4ms, and lastly Internet Explorer 8 with a whopping 5715.8ms.
From these results, we can conclude that Chromium, Opera, Chrome, and Internet Explorer 9 are the top of the pack. Firefox and Minefield are a nearly 33% slower, while Internet Explorer 8 is just out of the park slow.
For the memory test, I am running a total of five websites with HTML only. This eliminates flash based ads, or other discrepancies caused by loading the webpage at a different time. All files are stored on my local harddrive, so each browser is loading the exact same website each time. The sites chosen for this test are Google.com, Rsbandb.com, Runewire.com, Noscript.net, and Digg.com. The image was taken in Chromium’s about:memory utility. This added a few megabytes to Chromium’s final result, which is unavoidable for this test. Note – IE9 PP2 can not have multiple tabs running, and could not compete in this test. It’s quite a shame, as it had been doing extremely well in the previous comparisons.
Take what you wish from the memory usage statistics, they’re all fairly equal. I’m not one to bicker about less than 30mb difference between pages, especially when I’ve got plenty of RAM available for use. This test is using freshly opened browsers, and not a browser that has been open for hours on end. Your results will vary depending on your normal usage.
If anything is for certain, it’s that Internet Explorer 9 is going to shape up to be a strong competitor to the current browser ecosystem. Also, if the nightly builds of Firefox and Chrome show anything, it’s that they too are improving in all around performance. These all around performance boosts in the browsers is great for the user. As more and more services move to an online medium, it’s increasingly important to have a fast, responsive, and standards compliant browser. Nobody likes waiting for pages to render, and nobody likes a page that doesn’t look correct.