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Performance Benchmarks: Page Load Times

Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Goes Final
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Google

No surprise here; Google Chrome is the fastest Web browser at loading the Google home page. Safari, Firefox 4, IE9, and Opera follow closely behind. But keep the scale in perspective. All five browsers finish in slightly over one-tenth of a second.

YouTube

Chrome is the fastest at loading YouTube, another Google property. Placing second, slightly over a tenth of a second behind Chrome, is Webkit cousin Apple Safari. The new Firefox again places third with IE9 close behind in fourth. Opera trails by less than a tenth of a second to place fifth.

Yahoo!

For the third time in a row, Chrome takes first place and Safari second. The new IE9 earns a third-place finish. Opera and Firefox 4 trail far behind in fourth and fifth (respectively), both taking around 1.4 seconds to load Yahoo.

Amazon

Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari finish in a surprise tie for first place. Second-place finisher Google Chrome and third-place finisher Mozilla Firefox nearly tie as well. Opera again brings up the rear, a little over a tenth of a second behind Firefox 4.

Twitter

WBGP3-champion IE9 places first, loading Twitter in less than half the time of second-place finisher Safari. The new Firefox 4 follows closely in third with Chrome in fourth, followed by Opera.

Apple Safari consistently loads pages before most of the other Web browsers. While Chrome has more first-place finishes, its speed falters on Amazon and Twitter. IE9 is a mix of first and fourth place finishes, putting it in the middle. The new Firefox drags behind IE9 to take an overall fourth. The real surprise here is Opera, which takes last-place nearly every metric.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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. . .
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    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!]