Chrome Wins Browser Speed Test

Firefox a sort-of-close third

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Two years ago, Google’s Chrome browser didn’t exist.  Now, it might be the best browser available.  New test results claim that it beats all competitors by a significant amount, at least in terms of speed.

Google ChromeLifehacker’s Kevin Purdy recently put Firefox 3.5.4, Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome (which is considered stable), Google Chrome 4.0.302.3 (which is a developer version), Opera 10.01, Opera 10.5 (which is a pre-alpha version), and Safari 4.0.4 through their paces.  Experiments related to load times, JavaScript, DOM/CSS, and memory use were performed.

Chrome came out on top in a couple of categories, and according to Purdy’s scoring system ("we took the numeric score placement of each browser in each category and ranked them from 7, as best in category, to 1, as worst.  We totaled those numbers up, and present them here as a total out of 35") won the comparison, with the developer version placing first and the stable version securing second.

Then Opera 10.5, Firefox 3.5.4, Firefox 3.6, Safari 4.0.4, and Opera 10.01 followed, in that order.

Purdy’s article has been viewed about 92,000 times, and it’s a good bet that his findings have driven a lot of people to try Chrome for themselves.  Assuming those individuals don’t find the browser wanting in some area other than speed, Chrome may get quite a bump thanks to this experiment.

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  • Guest

    You might want to look closer. You are listing the browsers alphabetically… Instead Opera 10.5 came out on top.

    • Doug Caverly

      Thanks for the catch. Must not be drinking enough coffee.

      • Pharisee

        When will you update the article?

  • Guest

    Sorted by score, notice the jump from Opera 10.01 to 10.50:

    Scores (out of 35 possible)
    Google Chrome 4.0.302.3 (dev): 25
    Opera 10.5 Pre-Alpha: 25
    Google Chrome (stable): 24
    Firefox 3.5.4: 21
    Firefox 3.6: 20
    Safari 4.0.4: 19
    Opera 10.01: 15

  • Hector Macias Ayala

    I disagree that they took Opera 10.01 instead of 10.10 which has been released as final since november.

    ALso they compared a pre alpha version to a final stable build, which is pretty unfair.

  • Guest

    Sorry guys but Opera is not a serious contender with no extension support, tiny user base and developers out of touch with the real needs of users who add unnecessary features (like the mini file server thing they added recently, which is completely unneeded imo)

    Not to mention it is closed sourced and still doesn’t have elementary things like Google suggestions in the search area on the right.

  • http://www.seogeekindia.com SEO

    my experience also says, google chrome is speedy browser among other browsers.

  • Opera fan

    This is the third post saying basically the same thing but here it goes:

    Chrome dev version did well in this test. But Opera 10.50 did equally well, even if Lifehacker was not very clear about it.

    Please change the misleading title, to e.g. “Chrome and Opera tie at browser speed test”.
    It is also plain wrong that the latest stable Chrome secures a second place. Opera 10.50 and Chrome Dev both get 25 points, while Chrome stable gets 24 points. Chrome stable comes third.

    Please update the article

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