After reading Seth Weintraub’s post on how the upcoming versions of Safari are blisteringly fast I decided to download the latest nightly (WebKit r30123) and check it out for myself.
The results were pretty amazing – on Vista the performance times came in at:
Internet Explorer 7 -Â Â 66,870.6ms
Firefox 22.214.171.124 -Â Â Â Â Â Â 34,121.0ms
Firefox 3.0b2 – Â Â Â Â Â 29,293.6ms
Safari 3.04 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 21,930.4ms
WebKit r30123 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 9,094.2ms
While on OS X:
Flock 1.08 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 30,476.8ms
Firefox 3.0b2 – Â Â Â Â Â 10,863.4ms
Safari 3.04 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 13,534.0ms
WebKit r30123 -Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5,720.0ms
That’s pretty spectacular performance – and seeing as I use Safari quite a bit on my iPod Touch, I may just have to switch default browsers for a while to see how I get on with Safari Webkit!
UPDATE – post updated with results for Firefox 3.0b2 on Vista
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I’d be interested to see how Firefox 3 compares to the new Safari on Windows. It’s good to see Mozilla and Apple are working on increasing the performance of their browsers rather than bloating them with unnecessary new features.
Good point Joe, I will download Firefox 3.0b2 to the Vista box and update this post later today.
Thanks for the suggestion.
A nice benchmark, Tom. I had a play with the Webkit nightly build and was impressed with rendering times no end.
@Hostyle, would Slickspeed be a more acceptable test?
What hardware were you using?
@mj Good question. The OS X tests were done on a MacBook Pro with 2.16GHz Intel core duo chip, 2gb ram running 10.5.1
The Vista tests were done on a Sony Vaio SZ3 Intel Core 2 CPU T7400 @ 2.16GHz 2.17GHz and 2Gb ram running Vista Ultimate.
Okay…so both devices were Core 2 Duo recent machines running at the same GHz and with the same amount of RAM.
Have you tried the Opera 9.5 beta.
they use a new Java script engine.
I’m not sure what it is but i know its a great improvement on
previous versions. which was always much faster than firefox and
Maybe you should give that a run also and see how it pans out.
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