Browser Test: Chrome 19 vs Firefox 13 vs Internet Explorer 9 vs Opera 12 vs Safari 5.1

Uploaded by duncan33303 on 16.06.2012

Hey guys, this is Austin and today I’m here with my latest browser test
comparing Chrome 19, Firefox 13, Internet Explorer 9, Opera 12 and Safari 5.1.
Before we begin let me go over how I test. All five browsers are updated
to their latest non-beta release, tested on the same Windows 7 PC with a
Core i7 and 16GB of RAM and each test was run multiple times with the
results averaged to make everything as fair as possible.
To start we have the V8 Benchmark which measures the Javascript performance
for sites such as Gmail. As always Chrome dominates here with Firefox
coming in second and Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer all considerably
farther behind. Next up we have Peacekeeper which is one of my favorite
benchmarks as it covers most of the important aspects of a browser. Chrome
wins again here with Opera quite close and the other browsers lagging behind.
Next we have the HTML5 Test, taking a look at how well each browser supports
the latest web standards. Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari all do very well
here in handling most anything you’ll come across today with Internet Explorer
falling way behind. Internet Explorer 10 is coming soon with much better HTML5
support however so this is likely the last time I include this benchmark.
We have a new test this time, how long each browser takes to open from a cold
start. Impressively Internet Explorer opens in less than a second and a half
and Opera and Firefox are nearly tied at 2.2 seconds a piece. Chrome and Safari
lag behind at a still reasonable 3.3 seconds. One thing to keep in mind is that
this test was run on a computer with an SSD so if you’re still rocking an old
school hard drive the differences will be a lot larger.
Lastly I test to see how much memory each browser eats up with five tabs open
with popular sites such as Yahoo and Hulu. Impressively Safari continues to win
here with just over 125MB of RAM used, less than Chrome does with a single tab.
Firefox also does quite well, Opera puts in a respectable showing and Internet
Explorer and Chrome fall quite far behind. Since doing my first browser test
over 3 years ago Chrome has won most and always done well. This time is no
different but it’s not the only stellar choice. Firefox boots quickly, is
fairly speedy and does well with memory. Opera is the best all-around browser
with good performance everywhere and Chrome remains the overall speed king but
its held back a bit by its memory usage and start times. I would happily use
and recommend any of the three but the numbers don’t lie, as long as you have
a modern computer Chrome is clearly the fastest browser out there.
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