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Google Chrome Frame boosts IE speed up to Chrome levels

So, just how much of a performance boost do you get in Internet Explorer when you install and make use of Chrome Frame?

So, just how much of a performance boost do you get in Internet Explorer when you install and make use of Chrome Frame?

Quite a lot, as it turns out!

Note: All tests carried out on Windows Vista 64-bit.

I decided to take Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 and see what different Chrome Frame made when running the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark test. For comparison I also ran the test in Google Chrome 3 browser.

The results are staggering:

Bottom line:

  • IE7 using Chrome Frame is about 40 times faster at running through the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark test than IE7 alone.
  • IE8 using Chrome Frame is about 10 times faster at running through the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark test than IE8 alone.
  • Using Chrome Frame, IE7 and IE8 are almost as fast as Google Chrome itself at processing JavaScript.

Very impressive stuff indeed.

As to resource usage while running Chrome Frame, I didn't see any noticeable increase in CPU or RAM usage. In fact, right now I can't see any downside to Chrome Frame.

Very interesting ...