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Benchmarks "Oh sure, the following tests aren't as scientific as putting all the browsers in a ring and seeing which one is left standing after the fight, but it's close." More here.
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Opera's real speed advantage
by Dave_K on Fri 8th Sep 2006 09:58 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

In my experience Opera has a significant speed advantage over both IE and Firefox, but the important difference isn't in the rendering speed that's tested here. An extra second here and there due to rendering speed is completely insignificant to me, most of the time I open pages in the background and don't even see them load. The important thing is responsiveness and efficient use of system resources, I don't want the browser to slow to a crawl or consume all my PC's resources when I push it heavily.

In Opera I tend to keep interesting pages open rather bookmarking and closing them, and often open a large number of pages, for example using the Links Panel to simultaneously open all the interesting links on a news site. They load in the background while I read another page and are there for me to flick through using ctrl+tab. Obviously YMMV, but I find that to be a fast and efficient way of browsing through large quantities of information on the web.

Opera can cope with that and stay responsive and stable, something that isn't true of the other browsers I've tried. Being able to browse heavily without interruptions, using a GUI that I find more efficient and elegant, saves me a lot more time than slightly faster rendering.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Well put.

There are also other factors involved with browsing efficiency and speed.

- Opera's fastback cache system is the best in my experience
- Opera has a lot more shortcuts. You can easily add more through mouse/keyboard shortcut configuration which is limitless.
- Opera's UI is more responsive than at least Firefox (XUL overhead. XUL is way more abstract than Opera's themeing engine). IE is a toss-up.

There's more too.

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KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

In Opera I tend to keep interesting pages open rather bookmarking and closing them, and often open a large number of pages...

I do that with Firefox. I often have ten pages open for a couple weeks. Some of them are articles I think I will eventually read (but don't). But the problem with Firefox is that it tends to accumulate zombies, which consumes resources and slows me down.

Back when I was using Windows on a regular basis, I really loved Opera because it was a speed demon compared to anything I had ever seen. Especially the back button! If I remember, when I close all my browsers, I'll use Opera next time.

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