Google somewhat surprised us all and released it’s web browser on Sept. 2, 2008; most users of the shiny new browser have been extremely impressed with the initial speed and features. I have to say that even I am impressed by this new browser (as long as I’m not behind a corporate firewall). Since the CNET article came out about the extreme speed of Google Chrome, I immediately wondered how it would perform against other browsers in the mootools.net tool Slickspeed CSS selectors test, so I decided to do some benchmarking of my own.
- 2007 Compac nc8430
- Intel Dual-Core T2500 @ 2.00GHz
- 1.00 GB RAM
- MS Windows XP Professional SP 2
- XAMPP 1.6.7
- Slickspeed (svn trunk version)
- Safari 3.1.1
- Opera 9.5.2
- Firefox 3.0.1
- Internet Explorer 7.0.5730
- Chrome 0.2.149.27
- Mootools 1.2
- jQuery 1.2.6
- Prototype 188.8.131.52
I only downloaded 3 JS libraries because I thought that was enough to tell the difference between the browsers; this isn’t meant as an exercise at “who has the fastest JS library”.
To generate the results I installed XAMPP, installed slickspeed and set it up with the 3 JS libraries; then I opened each browser one at a time and ran the local copy of the slickspeed test:
This test runs 40 different CSS selector tests with whatever JS libraries you have configured atainst this W3C document. Each test is run separately in separate IFRAME tags as not to interfere with one another and report false data.
Data was collected by running the above slickspeed setup 10 times for each browser. After each time the test was ran, I recorded the final time for that browser.
** I used the final time in the slickspeed test because I was testing for the overall effectiveness & speed of the browsers. If you want to see how it performs on a per test basis, run it yourself!
Mootools 1.2 Results
Mootools used to be my favorite JS library. It has some cool features that make it pretty nice (like a stab at code organization using the Class object).
Safari operated the best with the Mootools library. Opera started out as a good candidate; however, the longer you kept open the browser and the more times you ran the test, the worse the response time got. Opera will show the same results for other libraries as well.
IE sucks, Firefox is good, Chrome is pretty darn good.
JQuery 1.2.6 Results
What is up Opera? You leaking stuff? No JS garbage collection? I did “hard” refreshes so the caches would be expunged; I just don’t get it.
Chrome and Safari FTW. IE bad, bad, bad.
Prototype 184.108.40.206 Results
Prototype made IE 7 look like the biggest piece of junk in the world; I have since then see the same results in YUI. The IE results are an order of magnitude greater than the speeds of any of the other browsers combined. Keep in mind that less is better.
This was an extremely disappointing test; moreover, Opera still showed signs of memory leaks and slowly increasing final result times.
Chrome wins this battle; Safari a close second, and almost every other browser is not far behind. Yuck IE!
So now we decided to take the average of all 10 tests and put it onto one chart so you can see the important stuff all summed up.
Final result conclusions…
- Chrome did very well considering it’s a partial mesh of Safari and Firefox components.
- Safari on a local copy of slickspeed did surprisingly very well.
- Opera is okay if you view a web page and then restart the browser. Otherwise, JS applications become slower and slower.
- IE needs a lot of work (but who didn’t know that already)