commentary The internet has exploded in a single, joyous, mass-hallucination called Chrome. Apparently it’s the fastest browser ever and will solve a myriad of problems from slowness within Google Spreadsheet to possibly creating an acceptable carbon trading scheme.
Immediately my bs detector went off the scale and I decided that I had to test this claim with some solid figures.
The browsers used here are:
- Google Chrome beta
- Firefox nightly build, TraceMonkey branch
- Webkit nightly build
- IE beta 1 (not beta 2, as it is a pain to install/remove beta 1)
- Opera Final 9.52
Chrome sets the score to beat in Google’s own tests.
The challengers can’t even get close to Chrome, the best being Opera which gets close to halfway.
Below you can see that Chrome truly is quick — however, it is not the order of magnitude that Google claims (unless it is IE).
WebKit is able to best Chrome in a number of SunSpider tests. (Click for complete SunSpider results)
Similarly, Firefox is able to beat Chrome in the regex and some string tests. (Click for complete SunSpider results)
Opera is able to get very close to Chrome over a range of tests, but is unable to prevent always being the bridesmaid. (Click for complete SunSpider results)
The significant speed-ups we have seen from the browser vendors will only continue, and Google has raised the bar far higher than it was yesterday.
But it’s not to high that no one else has a chance to catch up. Google has landed the opening blow and has had the element of surprise, it’s time for the SquirrelFish’s and TraceMonkey’s of the world to bite back.
And it can’t go without saying that Chrome fails the Acid3 test, which its WebKit brethren can pass.
The development version of Webkit has been able to pass the Acid3 test, but it fails in Chrome.