Which is the fastest?

Google Chrome is known for speed, but is it still the fastest web browser? We compare it to popular applications: Opera, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.

Throughout the web, it was always about getting the information you needed, in addition as quickly as possible. But now much has changed. Today, the internet is not just information – it’s also online games or cloud-based applications that should work quickly and efficiently, just like desktop counterparts.

Google Chrome browser is very popular because of the speed of its work. But is it still the fastest on the market? We check the performance of other equally known browsers and compare them to Chrome.

Browser performance is primarily based on JavaScript rendering speed, so we’ll use tools to help assess the capabilities of each browser. Tests should be carried out every few months, as browsers are getting newer versions. These are always richer with new patches, optimizations and often useful functions. Everything to encourage the user to change the current program.

We will use the following benchmarks and tools online:

Compared to the previous 2010 test, this time we have used one more benchmark – HTML5 Particle Acceleration. Since the previous test a lot has changed and nowadays it is no longer enough to measure in JavaScript. Microsoft introduced the concept of hardware acceleration, a solution where the web browser also uses the graphics card installed on the computer. This benchmark measures the performance of this type – we will return to it at the right moment.

Tests in turn will be conducted on browsers:

The tests were performed on a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop with an Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60GHz) processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB gigabyte SSD, and a 64-bit Windows 7 operating system. The laptop also has an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics chip with a capacity of 64 MB of standalone memory, along with 1632 MB of shared RAM. During testing we used “High Performance” mode.

Tests: SunSpider 0.9.1 JavaScript Benchmark

Miliseconds less = better

Compared to the test a few years ago, the differences are significant. First of all, all browsers are fast now, and there is no chance that any one will get worse than 1000 ms. This means that each application is fast, although Internet Explorer is far from over – 801.6 ms is clearly worse than the other applications.

Internet Explorer 10, which slightly outperformed Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, was the first to hit this time. However, here are a fraction of a second, so it’s safe to say that all browsers – even IE9 – are fast in rendering JavaScript.

Tests: Octane JavaScript Benchmark

In the Octane benchmark, Internet Explorer could not pass all the tests, and as a result, it ran out. Other applications have done very well, although it is worth mentioning that Octane is the former Google V8 Benchmark, so Chrome’s high score here should be treated with a grain of salt.

Tests: Futuremark PeaceKeeper

Points more = better

In the PeaceKeeper universal benchmark, which is based on HTML5, the Google Chrome browser is the best. The second place was taken by the Opera, who had little to no victory in this test. It is worth adding that PeaceKeeper has announced in the beginning that the “king” in this test is Chrome, which nicely illustrates the following illustration:

The best test in Google Chrome


Once again Google Chrome is on the lead. As you can see, this is a really fast and refined web browser. It is also worth mentioning that HTML5Test is a site that checks for standards used on the web.

Tests: Acid 3

Score more = better

Acid3 is another test that tests standards support. This time, all browsers got the maximum score, except for Google Chrome. Below we present a screenshot of Acid3 for Google Chrome. For comparison, we also have an illustration that shows a properly performed Acid3 test.

Correctly performed test

Chrome browser has a problem with this test – the result is not displayed correctly

Tests: HTML5 Particle Acceleration Benchmark

Frames per second more = better

Internet Explorer 9 and 10 developers have launched a number of browser innovations, but perhaps the most important innovation is hardware acceleration. This technique accelerates all browser functionality by using a graphics card installed on your computer. It is especially important for 3D visualizations that are used in some online games.

Other browsers, starting with Firefox, have also implemented hardware acceleration. It is worth noting that Firefox and Chrome will provide better performance not only for Windows 7 and 8, but also for Mac OS and Linux, just like Internet Explorer 9.

The tests show that Internet Explorer is best suited for games. Other applications also managed well with 3D support.

What to choose?

It turns out that the fastest browser is now Opera and Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is also well-suited, though mainly in practical tests (browsing the internet, playing games) than benchmarks that measure the performance of individual applications.

It is hard to recommend one-only web browser. Every application is doing really well today.