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The Crowning Of A Champion

Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Opera 11.51

In the closest conclusion this series has ever seen, Mozilla is finally able to take the crown, earning its first Web Browser Grand Prix championship with Firefox 7. Although Firefox has two fewer wins than Chrome 14, Mozilla's browser manages to earn three more strong finishes than Chrome, which we consider sealing the deal, if by only a hair.

Enjoy it while you can Firefox fans; Google doesn't like to play second fiddle for very long. In fact, we wouldn't be one bit surprised if a "minor" update that happens to contain a performance game-changer is pushed to Chrome within days (or hours) of this publication.

Chrome 14 obviously places second; no surprise there. The big surprise is our third-place finisher. It's not Internet Explorer 9! Rather, Opera finally breaks out of fourth place and grabs the bronze medal. IE9 simply lost too many times, allowing Opera and its "minor" .01 update to swoop in for the kill.

Alas, Safari places last yet again. Safari for Windows, that is. If Web Browser Grand Prix VI: Firefox 6, Chrome 13, Mac OS X Lion taught us anything, it's that the rules of physics, common sense, and everything else you hold dear don't apply on Apple's own OS X platform. Over there, Safari is still king.

There you have it folks, another Web Browser Grand Prix in the bag. Stay tuned to Tom's Hardware for more. We have a few special twists up our sleeves for Web Browser Grand Prix 8 and beyond.

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    Silmarunya , 30 September 2011 23:57
    Firefox 7.0 is release that fixed my faith in FF. Unlike 5&6, it actually adds something new to the browser other than a minor security update. On top of that, it fixes everything that was wrong with 4-5-6: high memory usage (although even at its worst, FF managed to use less than Chrome anyday), slow cold boot and poor font rendering. All those are now excellent.

    I'm usually torn between FF and Opera. Chrome uses lots of memory, is made by Google and a bit lacking in the features department (granted, so is FF - but at least it has add ons that fix those). Opera has the better font rendering and UI, but FF wins in raw speed and ad on choice in my experience.
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    Anonymous , 4 October 2011 09:55
    opera is always consume all the memory that can be up to a maximum of 15%. thanks to its super cache so pages load faster already closed and will return to .. If an application requires memory simply lower your load.

    I and occupied pc operates in memory of 256 mb and walk like a champ. instead listen to music and msn.
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    Swapnil99pro , 7 October 2011 22:40
    Great test. Opera will surely win Silver medal next time with Opera 12.
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    Anonymous , 17 October 2011 14:03
    How about security tests?
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    spotify95 , 1 November 2011 22:45
    Wait, I have just received an update for Chrome 15. Anyone? :) 
    Winner of the soon to be Web browser grand prix 8?
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    spotify95 , 3 December 2011 15:02
    Chrooooooooooooooooome 15 is here!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    spotify95 , 4 December 2011 15:25
    No it wasn`t, couldn`t you see how firefox was so poor at memory management, especially last time in wbgp6? :( 
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    spotify95 , 21 December 2011 16:41
    Alert me if Im wrong, but CHROME 16 IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!
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    spotify95 , 23 February 2012 22:26
    Web browser grand prix 9 has arrived. Thats all.