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

Benchmark Results: Page Load Times

The test sites used in our page load time testing are as follows: Google, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay, Craigslist, and The Huffington Post. As explained in Web Browser Grand Prix VI: Firefox 6, Chrome 13, Mac OS X Lion, we modified these tests to render at 1080p, and to more closely reflect real-world usage. Instead of the home pages of Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay, and Craigslist, we use functional areas of those sites.

The chart below is a detailed view of the times each Web browser takes to load the individual pages.

This next chart contains the page load time composite score, which is an average of the eight page load times on each Web browser.

Google manages to retain the lead with Chrome 14, and Safari again places second. IE9 also holds onto third place, while Firefox 7 allows Mozilla to edge past Opera to take fourth place.

Clearly, the WebKit-based browsers (Chrome and Safari) take this one. Internet Explorer is a solid middle-of-the-road option. Firefox and Opera are the least attractive from the perspective of page load times, though keep in mind that all of the browsers average page loads in under one second, which isn't too shabby.

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  • Silmarunya
    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.
  • Anonymous
    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.
  • Swapnil99pro
    Great test. Opera will surely win Silver medal next time with Opera 12.
  • Anonymous
    How about security tests?
  • spotify95
    Wait, I have just received an update for Chrome 15. Anyone? :)
    Winner of the soon to be Web browser grand prix 8?
  • spotify95
    Chrooooooooooooooooome 15 is here!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • spotify95
    No it wasn`t, couldn`t you see how firefox was so poor at memory management, especially last time in wbgp6? :(
  • spotify95
    Alert me if Im wrong, but CHROME 16 IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!
  • spotify95
    Web browser grand prix 9 has arrived. Thats all.