I’ve had a blog post in draft for ages, but this isn’t it. The draft post has extensive tables of stats that lie half-finished, but it was getting a bit out-of-hand, so here’s a very abridged version.
|Browser||Speed and tolerance|
|Firefox 3 (v3.0.4)||3772.6ms +/- 1.3%|
|Google Chrome (v0.4.154.29)||1808.0ms +/- 6.6%|
|Opera (v10.00alpha)||4696.4ms +/- 3.6%|
|IE6 (v6.0.2900.5512 or something)||47651.0ms +/- 15.1%|
|Safari (v3.1.2)||4260.8ms +/- 5.1%|
Of course these stats mean nothing without some explanation, so here goes.
I ran these tests under Windows XP, on a Dell Inspiron 9300.
The results are interesting, especially with IE6 thrown into the mix. The separation between the old and new generations of browsers is clear.
Google Chrome is considerably faster that the others.
I do most of my work on the Mac, and so use Firefox with its extensive array of invaluable extensions, particularly Joe Hewitt’s Firebug, and Chris Pederick’s Web Developer Toolbar. On the PC, I use Firefox, and occasionally Chrome, when I feel the need for speed.