Late this week, the internet has been abuzz with shiny new releases of Chrome and Firefox, 16 and 9 respectively. We had previously organized a battle between Firefox 8 and Chrome 15, where Firefox 8 was the clear winner, in terms of “lightness”.
This time, we did some elbow greasing to check out the differences the new versions of these two browsers and also including Opera this time which are making to the already soaring browser benchmarks, with more benchmark tests. We decided to perform all the standard benchmarks for the browsers namely:
- Sunspider 0.9.1
- Google’s V8 Benchmarking suite
- Hardware stress test
In the Kraken Benchmarks where lower score is better, Firefox was obviously inching closer to Chrome but Chrome still leads the pack. Opera performed pathetically.
In the sunspider browser benchmark though, (again where lower score is better), Opera and Firefox where almost neck and neck. Firefox came first by a very close margin while surprisingly this time Chrome came pretty far behind!
In v8 benchmark suite though, Chrome was leading by a fair enough margin. V8 is Google’s own benchmark suite and you can never expect Chrome to perform better than others, though the difference was not as huge as once it used to be!
Coming to my favourite memory and CPU consumption benchmarks (everybody clap!) where I note down the CPU and Memory Consumption of the browsers when loading tabs, the results were interesting.
So who’s the winner?
In terms of Hardware acceleration – Both Firefox 9 and Chrome 16 are good with each 60+ fps of scores, tested with Mozilla’s Hardware Acceleration Stress Test.
Memory Consumption – Opera is the real winner here, though Firefox 9 is very close too.
The benchmarks were performed on HP G42-478TX, with GPU acceleration enabled in all the browsers. Turning GPU acceleration off results in a huge difference in the scores, though the rankings remain same.