It has only been a couple of months since the last Big Browser Benchmark but there has been enough changes to warrant a re-running the tests. There's also a new benchmark test to put the browsers through their paces.
Let's pit the leading browsers against four of the toughest benchmark tests available to see which one is triumphant. Here are the browsers that will be put through their paces:
- Chrome 24
- Chrome 23 (left in the listing for comparison with newer release)
- Firefox 18
- Firefox 16 (left in the listing for comparison with newer release)
- Opera 12
- Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit)
- Internet Explorer 10 (32-bit)
- Safari 5
Here are the tests that the browsers will face:
- RoboHornet: A Google-led open-source browser benchmark.
- Octane: Google's new benchmark, based on the V8 test suite.
All testing carried out on a Windows 7 (32-bit) machine, running a P8600 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card.
The clear winner here continues to be Internet Explorer 10, clearly halving the time it took Firefox 16 and Internet Explorer 9 to complete the test, which themselves are comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack.
While Google seems to have managed to make Chrome a little faster, Firefox 18's performance is slightly worse than that of Firefox 16.
Chrome 24 aces this test, closely followed by Chrome 23, both of which are significantly ahead of Firefox 18 and the rest of the pack.