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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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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