IE9 vs Chrome 10 vs Firefox 4 Benchmarks

The browser wars has always brought good stuff for us: All new set of features and significant speed improvements. And when we talk about speed, we trust Benchmarks more than anything else. But relying a single benchmarking technique is risky, and that’s why we execute all popular benchmarking tools before declaring a winner.

IE9 vs Chrome 10 vs Firefox 4 Benchmark

Platform: Windows 7 32bit on a Intel i7 Macbook Pro, 4GB RAM.

We are not testing 64bit since IE9 has poor performance on 64bit as it still uses older javascript engine, while IE 9 32-bit is using the newer, more efficient Chakra JIT.

Benchmark Results:

V8 Benchmark results
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Sunspider Benchmark Results:

Sunspider-ie9-chrome10-firefox4.png

Kraken Benchmark Results

kraken-ie9-chrome10-firefox4.png

Peacekeeper Benchmark:

peacekeeper-ie9-chrome10-firefox4.png


Chrome 10 wins in 2 tests and Firefox 4 does in one, and IE & Chrome tie in sunspider test.

Browser Verdict

I really don’t think that JavaScript performance is an issue any more, its fairly fast enough to be handled by users. What matters more is better support for modern technologies like HTML5. When it comes to the support for modern technologies, Firefox & Chrome beat IE9 out of the scene. There is a huge set of features tha IE9 needs to learn from Chrome 10 & Firefox 4:

Application Cache (offline), Web Workers (threads in JavaScript), HTML5 Forms (validation mechanism, CSS3 selectors), JavaScript Strict Mode , ForeignObject (embed external content in SVG), SMIL Animations (SVG animations), File API, WebGL (3D), CSS3 Transitions (for animations), CSS3 Text Shadow, CSS3 Gradients, CSS3 Border Image, CSS3 Flex box model, ClassList APIs, FormData, HTML5 History API, Drag’n Drop from Desktop.

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  • http://twitter.com/geraldoporto Geraldo Porto

    I’ll keep Chrome up and running on my personal pc.

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  • http://twitter.com/craigmayhew craigmayhew

    Shame your scales don’t start at zero. Very misleading.

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  • Theo

    These Graphs are misleading – You obviously prefer Chrome…

    Why don’t the scales start at 0???

    E.g. Sunspider – Firefox 4 is less than 30% slower than Chrome and yet the graph makes it appears to be 700% slower.

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  • Josh

    I previously used Firefox and then switched to Chrome. No turning back.

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    • Ashokumar

      no zoom text only,no awesome bar so we need to use keyboard to enter a web page.i m not going to use chrome FF is da best

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  • Anon

    Hmmm … I just ran SunSpider on FF4 and received 206.4ms +/- 1.6%
    V8 was 5075
    Kracken was 4566.5ms +/- 3.0%

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