Linked by Wes Bascas on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 11:00 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Over the weekend, the crew at Tom's Hardware was busy testing the recently-released Firefox 22 using the usual bevy of benchmarks. This roundup included Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, and Opera 12, along with the new Chromium-based build of Opera Next (alos known as Opera 15).
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How much do these benchmarks matter?
by Dave_K on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 15:23 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

I wonder what real impact these differences in speed have on people's productivity when browsing the web?

To me being able to manage tabs multiple tabs more efficiently, or even small time-saving touches like streamlined menus and toolbars with just the options I need, make more of a real world difference than an extra half second loading a page.

For me, with much of my day-to-day browsing, Chrome is actually the slowest browser by a mile. Open too many tabs on a slower PC (like the mini-laptop I use for quite a lot of browsing) and it crawls so slowly that it can take 5+ seconds just to switch between tabs. Of course by then the tab bar, on a small screen, is packed full and hunting for a particular page wastes even more time.

That's the kind of thing that benchmarks like this don't show up, but to me they're things that matter much more.

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lvl21ogre Member since:
2013-07-04

Actually, the nice thing is that Tom's roundup includes other important factors than just simple raw performance. For instance, reading it one can figure out that while Chrome loads pages more quickly, it also loads them less reliably. Likewise, while Chrome performs very well with HTML5, it uses far more memory.

Thankfully it seems that Mozilla isn't just racing to the bottom with these things. They're definitely playing catch-up in some respects, but I get the impression that other browser vendors are obsessing over certain metrics while Mozilla is obsessing over others.

Power usage, for instance. Some vendors have been shouting about how much more power-efficient their browsers are, but does it really matter when I can get to my content twice as fast in Firefox anyway? It would be interesting to see a benchmark that could take the human factor into account..

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