Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Performance Benchmarks: Flash

Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Goes Final
By

GUIMark 2 Flash Vector Charting

Internet Explorer 9, Safari, and Opera all score right around 60 FPS, with IE9 going barely over that limit. Surprisingly, Firefox 4 actually drops in performance compared to 3.6.15, only earning 47 FPS as opposed to 60. Chrome still achieves 46 FPS with its baked-in Flash player.

GUIMark 2 Flash Bitmap Gaming

Once again, IE9, Safari, and Opera lead the pack, with scores in the 50-52 FPS range. In a reversal of the vector charting results, FF4 gains around 7 FPS over FF 3.6 in bitmap gaming. Google Chrome again lags behind the pack at 41.5 frames per second.

GUIMark 2 Flash Text Column

Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer again manage to plant themselves in the top three spots with scores near 30 FPS. Firefox 4 is close behind in fourth, with nearly the same score achieved in version 3.6.15, and Chrome brings up the rear at 26 FPS.

Flash Benchmark '08

Right out of the blue Safari pulls off an upset, stealing first place from IE9. Opera places third with Chrome and Firefox 4 closely in tow.

IE9, Safari, and Opera are clearly the best in terms of Flash performance in Windows 7. Firefox 4 still places fourth, noticeably behind the other three, while Chrome is the slowest for Flash playback. But keep in mind that Google ships Flash with Chrome, and version 10 has full sandboxing of Flash content. Windows 7 doesn't seem to have the consistent issues with Flash that Linux and OS X have though, so Flash sandboxing isn't nearly as essential on this OS. Basically, if Flash crashes a whole lot for you, it may be worth taking the hit in FPS.

Display all 8 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , 4 April 2011 19:04
    I think the conclusion table is wrong in the HTML 5 compliance results. You list Chrome as weak but in the test you say it scored highest. Unless I misunderstand something.
  • 0 Hide
    Silmarunya , 4 April 2011 21:52
    DadiggleThere's 1 test missing security


    Security, UI and features are things that matter enormously, but you can't just run a benchmark and get a fancy graph to measure them. This is a speed test, not a subjective look and feel review.

    On topic: no surprises here. We all knew FF wouldn't really suprise when it comes to performance.
  • 0 Hide
    mi1ez , 5 April 2011 00:46
    Quote:
    around the time OS X 1.7 "Lion" launches.


    1.7? Are you sure? 10.7 perhaps...

    I've actually just gone back to FF from Opera (after just 3 weeks). I'll stick with Opera at work where our quirky proxy server dictates what browser is quickest more than anything. I've missed Firefox, and Have disabled a load of extensions and regained a fair bit of speed.
  • 0 Hide
    forum1234 , 6 April 2011 22:48
    I did some math based on the total scores. If you award 5pts. for 1st. place, 4pts. for 2nd. place etc., Chrome comes out on top and IE 2nd. Imo it's a better ranking sytem
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
    Chrome
    5 4 3 2 1
    12 7 6 3 7
    60 28 18 6 7 119
    Firefox
    5 4 3 2 1
    5 10 9 6 5
    25 40 27 12 5 109
    Internet Explorer
    5 4 3 2 1
    13 6 4 6 4
    65 24 12 12 4 117
    Opera
    5 4 3 2 1
    8 3 12 5 5
    40 12 36 10 5 103
    Safari
    5 4 3 2 1
    4 9 1 11 8
    20 36 3 22 8 89
  • 0 Hide
    acer0169 , 7 April 2011 18:01
    I still use IE. I have no issues and it's never crashed, only thing it lacks is a few nice plugins and chrome shows more animation on google and youtube etc.
  • 0 Hide
    mi1ez , 7 April 2011 21:52
    Quote:
    I did some math based on the total scores. If you award 5pts. for 1st. place, 4pts. for 2nd. place etc., Chrome comes out on top and IE 2nd. Imo it's a better ranking sytem
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
    Chrome
    5 4 3 2 1
    12 7 6 3 7
    60 28 18 6 7 119
    Firefox
    5 4 3 2 1
    5 10 9 6 5
    25 40 27 12 5 109
    Internet Explorer
    5 4 3 2 1
    13 6 4 6 4
    65 24 12 12 4 117
    Opera
    5 4 3 2 1
    8 3 12 5 5
    40 12 36 10 5 103
    Safari
    5 4 3 2 1
    4 9 1 11 8
    20 36 3 22 8 89


    Yeah, but no sport would ever award points like that! (except nascar it would appear...)

    The margin is normal higher closer to the front.

    F1:
    1st : 25 points
    2nd : 18 points
    3rd : 15 points
    4th : 12 points
    5th : 10 points
    6th : 8 points
    7th : 6 points
    8th : 4 points
    9th : 2 points
    10th : 1 point

    BTCC:
    1st = 15 pts
    2nd = 12 pts
    3rd = 10 pts
    4th = 8 pts
    5th = 6 pts
    6th = 5 pts
    7th = 4 pts
    8th = 3 pts
    9th = 2 pts
    10th = 1 pt

    Indycar:
    1st 50
    2nd 40
    3rd 35
    4th 32
    5th 30
    6th 28
    7th 26
    8th 24
    9th 22
    10th 20

    DTM:
    10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1
  • 0 Hide
    wasabi-warrior , 11 April 2011 07:22
    can i just say it appears to be a complete turnaround for IE versions in the past, which used to be pathetic. It looks like Microsoft lifted their game.

    Just out of curiosity, i wonder what firefox 4 performs like after FasterFox is used. . .
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , 12 April 2011 03:07
    For me, ie9 keeps crashing a lot...
    any ideas why? W7SP1...
    really love its load speed though..

    [Avid FF fan!]