Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:36 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Now this is a subject sure to cause some discussion among all of you. LifeHacker's Adam Pash is arguing that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the browser of choice for what he calls 'power users'; polls among LifeHacker's readership indeed seem to confirm just that. He also gives a number of reasons as to why this is the case.
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they still have a ways to go...

Please note the name of the benchmark for which there is still a way to go.

BTW: Google's V8 javascript engine has a way to go to catch up with Mozilla's Jaegermonkey on the Kraken benchmark.

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google_ninja Member since:

the end of that is hilarious

In all the other tests like the SunSpider, V8, Peacekeeper etc., Firefox is considreably slower than both Chromium/Chrome and Opera. It is slower in their own Dromaeo benchmark as well. Now, Mozilla releases a new benchmark and “bam” Firefox is twice as fast as Chromium and Opera according to it. Of course all the vendors’ benchmark favors their own browser to a certain extent. But to see such such a huge difference in the result between Kraken and the other benchmarks is intriguing to say the least.

So right now we have an interesting situation -

Google’s V8 Benchmark says Chrome/Chromium is the fastest.
According to Apple’s SunSpider Benchmark, Safari is the fastest.
Internet Exploer 9 is the fastest according to Microsoft’s test.
According to the independent Peacekeeper benchmark, Opera is the fastest.
And now on Mozilla’s Kraken, Firefox is the fastest.
Yes every browser is the fastest browser now.

At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter as long as they are all in the same realm.

My personal test is, since thats the sort of app that is being made possible. I can't really tell the difference between chrome or safari, but I can between them and FF. (On IE it is pretty much unusable)

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lemur2 Member since:

the end of that is hilarious [q]In all the other tests like the SunSpider, V8, Peacekeeper etc., Firefox is considreably slower than both Chromium/Chrome and Opera. It is slower in their own Dromaeo benchmark as well.

All results like these have to be taken with a very large grain of salt.

For example, very very few people are running Firefox's Jaegermonkey engine (the one with the purple plotline on ). That is because even the very latest released beta of Firefox (Firefox 4.0b5) doesn't include Jaegermonkey yet, it has only Tracemonkey (the gold plotline).

Many people even run these tests with Firefox 3.6.x.

We all know that Firefox 3.6.x. isn't very competitive when it comes to javascript performance.

Also to consider is GPU-hardware-accelerated compositing and rendering. Testers of IE9 previews like to claim that IE9 smashes every other browser for performance in rendering and compositing, but that is only because they use GPU-hardware-accelerated compositing and rendering only with IE9. Current betas of Firefox 4 also have this rendering, but it is not enabled by default, so of course people who want to hype up IE9 don't turn it on.

Happily this won't last long ... the very next beta release of Firefox will have GPU-hardware-accelerated compositing and rendering enabled by default, and it will include the Jaegermonkey javascript engine.

I am betting that articles which "test" performance comparisons of beta browsers will suddenly disappear from the web when that release happens. I'd wager that the silence will suddenly become deafening.

Edited 2010-09-24 04:06 UTC

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