Head to Head: Google Chrome 4 Beta vs. Firefox 3.6

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  1. Gauravs90

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    In the last couple of days, both Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla's Firefox have come out with new betas claiming improved performance. Why not compare these new betas head-to-head?

    To be fair, speed isn't everything; each of the new browser versions add new capabilities in addition to performance. The new Chrome beta offers bookmark syncing, similar to what Opera has had for over a year with its Opera Link service. Meanwhile, the Firefox 3.6 beta, which was released last Friday night, incorporates Mozilla's Personas feature, which lets users customize the look of the browser with the click of a button. It also warns users about out-of-date plugins, and adds a number developer-focused capabilities, like more support for open web video, CSS, DOM and HTML5 web technologies, and the Web Open Font Format.


    I decided to pit the latest Firefox 3.6 beta against the latest Chrome 4.0 beta, testing startup and SunSpider JavaScript performance times. I tested on a non-state-of-the-art Athlon dual-core running at 2GHz with 2GB RAM. I also turned off all unnecessary processes in Windows Task Manager, and ran the tests thrice and took the averages.


    Here are my results:
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    The result: No contest. The Chrome beta's performance on the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark was nearly twice as fast as Firefox's, at 762 millliseconds compared with 1400 for Firefox. But the Firefox result, however, shows a greater improvement over the released version. The Chrome beta only showed a 1.6 percent improvement, while the Firefox beta showed a 20 percent improvement.


    Both browsers, too, have improved their startup time, both for cold startup - when you run the browser for the first time after a reboot - and warm startup, when it's already been run in your current session. In memory use, the Firefox beta was far more thrifty than the Chrome beta, by a hundred megabytes. But both of these measurements are the kind of thing that gets optimized before release.


    In short, both resoundingly beat Internet Explorer in JavaScript performance with Chrome taking an extensive lead, Firefox makes more frugal use of memory, and they both continue to add new convenience features and support for advanced web coding.


    Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355201,00.asp?kc=PCRSS05079TX1K0000993
     
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    I think opera should be the fastest.. Even though chrome loads fast, its speeds sucks after opening a 3-4 sites in tabs on my friends p3 with 256mb ram. But, we can open almost 10+ tabs with different sites in Opera and no sluggish performance!

    Opera rocks! on older systems!
     
  3. krishnandu.sarkar

    krishnandu.sarkar Simply a DIGITian

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    Yup Opera Rocks.....!!

    And aftr that Chrome....!! Its really fast...!!
     
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    According to SunSpider JavaScript testing--

    Chrome>firefox>safari>opera>internet explorer

    Opera is developing new javascript engine which will be near to firefox
     
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    I think Chrome rocks!!!

    I have tried more or less every browser and I find Opera is also very good firefox have some great features, Chrome should have functionality to save proxy passwords and also option for resuming downloads if internet disconnects....

    More or less IE sucks big time
     
  6. topgear

    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    Why many of those sites don't test opera. I've benn using it since 2006 :p

    It's the best browser if you don't need a lot of customization but when it's comes to a browsers most needed feature and performance there is not a single one like opera.
     
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    Mobile or PC...Only opera!!!:D
     
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    Indyan Here Since 2003

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    Artificial JS benchmarks only calculate one of the many aspects of website rendering. If you truly want to measure a browsers speed you need to take into consideration its HTML/CSS rendering speed also.
     
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