Despite all the rumors of Apple discontinuing Safari for Windows, the web browser market is still on fire. New versions and updates are being released almost on a weekly basis. In fact, with so many options available - it would be nice to know which one is the fastest. Unfortunately, it's been a while since someone came up with a performance roundup. So we spent the last couple of days benchmarking the most popular web browsers and even some of less popular ones (a total of 13 in number). Is Google Chrome still on top? Read on to find out. Hardware Specification:
• AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
• ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
• 4GB DDR3 Crucial Technology
• AMD Radeon HD 6870 Software Specification:
• Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (Fresh installation with all updates)
• AMD Catalyst 12.4
• Adobe Flash Player 11.3
• Avant Browser 2012 Build 177
• Google Chrome 21.0.1180.60
• Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1
• Internet Explorer 9.0.8 32-bit
• Internet Explorer 9.0.8 64-bit
• Maxthon 18.104.22.16800
• Opera 12.01 32-bit
• Opera 12.01 64-bit
• Pale Moon 12.3r2 32-bit
• Pale Moon 12.3 64-bit
• Apple Safari 5.1.7
• SlimBrowser 6.01.057
• Waterfox 14.0.2
Note: All browsers were tested with default settings. We didn't touch anything.
Futuremark Peacekeeper is a free and fast browser test that measures a browser's speed. If you use social networks like Facebook or Twitter, watch online video on YouTube, enjoy online shopping on Amazon or eBay, or just like reading news and blogs then switching to a faster browser could give you a smoother and more enjoyable browsing experience.
WebVizBench is an animated and interactive radio playlist visualization and benchmarking application written entirely in HTML5, optimized for Microsoft IE9, and tweaked to harness the power of GPU-enhanced Web browsing.