Now that Microsoft has finally made Internet Explorer 9 available to the masses, it's time for a BIG browser benchmark where we take the leading browsers and pit them against four of the toughest benchmark tests available to see which is the tortoise, and which is the hare.
Here are the browsers that will be run:
- Internet Explorer 9 (9.0.8112.16421) 32-bit
- Internet Explorer 9 (9.0.8112.16421) 64-bit
- Firefox 4 RC
- Chrome 10.0.648.133
- Safari 5.0.4
- Opera 11.01
Here are the tests that the browsers will face:
All testing carried out on a Windows 7 64-bit machine running a Q9300 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 4GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 260 graphics card.
On with the testing!
- Hare: IE9 32-bit
- Tortoise: IE9 64-bit
V8 Benchmark -->
Kraken Benchmark -->
So, what's the conclusion? Simple, IE9 64-bit is shockingly bad, and all the other browsers are, on the whole, pretty evenly matched. I'm pleasantly surprised that IE9 32-bit actually aces the SunSpider test, but I expect that over the coming weeks Google will manage to catch up and take the lead once again (Microsoft's painfully slow update cycle for IE (especially compared with Google's aggressive update cycle) works against it in the long run. Microsoft has worked hard on IE, taking it from being the slowest in the pack to one of the fastest. That itself is worthy of recognition.
Note: The 64-bit version of IE is only available to those with a 64-bit OS, and even then you've got to go searching for it. My advice, don't bother.
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