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Is the Opera browser the fastest on the net?

I've decided to put Opera's following claim to the test:

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We're holding on to our claim: "The Fastest Browser on Earth". In Opera 8, further improvements have been made in the way the browser reads pages to allow you to fly the Web.

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What's a good site to test I wondered? Well I used, that has a lot of stuff to load on the first page. So here's how I tested Opera's claim. I used an ADSL 1.544Mbps downstream/256Kbps upstream from TPG in Australia. My system is an AMD Athlon 2700+, with 1GB DDR333 Ram and only the approriate browser open at the time. I compared the page load times of through the four most used browsers, Opera, Firefox, Netscape and IE. Each browser was the latest release from their companies as of 22/09/2005. I reloaded the page ten times and then calcualted the average loading time for

I have some very interesting results.


* Fastest load time, 6.6 seconds.
* Slowest load time, 8.1 seconds.
* Average load time, 7.5 seconds.


* Fastest load time, 7.4 seconds
* Slowest load time, 9.6 seconds
* Average load time, 8.6 seconds

Internet Explorer

* Fastest load time, 9.8 seconds
* Slowest load time, 15.5 seconds
* Average load time, 12.1 seconds

Netscape 8.0

* Fastest load time, 9.0 seconds
* Slowest load time, 9.6 seconds
* Average load time, 9.3 seconds

It's interesting to note that while Netscape and Firefox use the firefox engine, Netscape is slower than Firefox yet more consistent in its page load time. IE is by far the worst performer.

So Opera's claim to be the fastest browser on the web is busted for me. Firefox was 1.6 seconds faster overall. To trully test this to the limit I would like people on dial-up and broadband in other countries to do the same. Test the load times and post them here. Let's get right down to the nitty gritty of it.

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they are all

by Jaqui In reply to Is the Opera browser the ...

extremely slow compared to my favorite browser.

no images, no tables, only text.
1 second load times for most pages.

really shows poor site design up.
like scrolling 4 screens of links ( tr itself ) to be able to viw a post in a discussion.

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what a funny result!!

by dance_yes In reply to Is the Opera browser the ...

maybe ur a firefox fanatics... you see ive tested the said website and you know what Ive found out the time you posted for opera was the time that was supposedly for firefox... if your thinking that I have a faster internet connection.. nope my connection was only 356kb/s....

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WOW! Another Opera Fan!

by Ukitin In reply to what a funny result!!


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Yeah sure!

by Ukitin In reply to Is the Opera browser the ...

Speed isn't the only one that counts nowadays! Speed and Security is! Opera might be lying on that one but if based on Opera's claim being the safest, I've got no doubts there! Here, read this:

Judging strictly by the sheer volume of vulnerabilities Mozilla Firefox was the most insecure browser in 2007, according to Symantec. Firefox had a total of 122 security holes, more than any other rival browser. Symantec credited the efforts poured into securing Internet Explorer 7 for IE managing to be situated under Firefox in terms of security flaws. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari are together synonymous with the browser market, having divided the vast majority of the Internet audience among them. In addition to the constant race for an increased install base, the four browsers are also continually evolving toward new standards of performance, compatibility and security. In this regard, Symantec has published a report offering an insight on one critical aspect of browser security – vulnerabilities.

According to the Cupertino-based security company, there is an increasing trend for the threat environment to shift the focus of exploits and attacks toward client-side problems, with browsers growing in prominence. Obviously, no browser is a panacea to security or a silver-bullet solution, and at the same time the vulnerability count is not, in itself, a complete measure of security.

"Web browser vulnerabilities are a serious security concern due to their role in online fraud and the propagation of spyware and adware. They are particularly prone to security concerns because they come in contact with more potentially untrusted or hostile content than most other applications. This is a concern because attacks can originate from malicious Web sites or legitimate Web sites that have been compromised to serve malicious content. It is also true that browsers can play a role in client-side attacks because of their ability to invoke plug-ins and other applications when handling potentially malicious content served from the Web such as documents and media files," Symantec stated.

Enlarge pictureFirefox was impacted by no less than 88 vulnerabilities in the second half of the past year, with another 34 in the first half. Mozilla's open source browser cumulated more vulnerabilities in 2007 than any other browser, this despite the fact that Firefox is generally perceived as an apex of security. For Firefox, 19 vulnerabilities in the second half of 2007 and 12 in the first half were labeled with a severity rating of medium by Symantec, and the remaining 34 flaws in July-December 2007 and 22 in January-June 2007 were designated as representing only low-level threats.

"Safari was affected by 22 vulnerabilities in the second half of 2007. One was considered high severity, 12 were medium, and nine were low. This is a decrease from the 25 Safari vulnerabilities that were documented in the first half of 2007, of which seven were medium severity and 18 were low," Symantec added.

No less than 57 security vulnerabilities affected Internet Explorer in 2007, but the volume is lower compared with just the holes that plagued Firefox between July and December of the past year. Furthermore, only 13 security holes were labeled as medium with the remaining five rated as low out of the 18 IE vulnerabilities in the second half of 2007. In the first half of the past year, IE was impacted by 39 vulnerabilities, with 15 medium, and 23 low.

"In the last six months of 2007, 12 vulnerabilities were documented in Opera. Of these, eight were medium severity and four were low. This is fewer than the seven vulnerabilities that affected Opera in the first half of 2007, of which three were considered medium severity and four were low," Symantec said.

According to the Cupertino-based security company, the increase in popularity of both Firefox and Safari has been synonymous with a jump in the number of vulnerabilities discovered. In the second half of the past year, both Safari and Firefox had more security flaws compared to Internet Explorer.

"While fewer vulnerabilities were discovered in Internet Explorer during this period, Mozilla was subject to a sharp increase. The decrease in Internet Explorer vulnerabilities may be due to the focus on security in Internet Explorer 7. The increase in Mozilla vulnerabilities was a by-product of internal and community driven security audits of the browser," Symantec said.


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So? Would you go for the speed with a fledgy secuity or average speed and state-of-the-art security? You decide.

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What did you use to time it?

by OnTheRopes In reply to Is the Opera browser the ...

Must've used software to time pageloads, right? I'm ignorant as to what software to use. Using the Windows clock I don't think would be accuate to the tenth of a second or even to the second.

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I installed Opera

by Dumphrey In reply to What did you use to time ...

this morning on a whim, then ran into this discussion appropriately enough. My subjective feeling is right off the bat, it feels much faster and responsive. And it does actually start up faster then firefox does. Opera is what FF USE to be It will be my new browser of choice for a while, so Ill put it through its paces, but so far, so good.

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Want a good test of speed for a web page?

by OnTheRopes In reply to I installed Opera

Go here and see how long it seems to take to load using both FF and Opera:<br><br>**51<br><br>
Of course a lot will depend upon your connection but for me, on a two way satellite system, there's no need to time it. Opera wins by a large margin.

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It was pretty close for me

by Dumphrey In reply to Want a good test of speed ...

but Opera still won by a few seconds (counting in my head, not emperical). One problem is that FF does not give me a good picture of when its done laoding the page, like the bit in the Opera tool bars.

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I should probably clear my FF private data and try again.

by OnTheRopes In reply to It was pretty close for m ...

For me there's a <i>huge</i> difference in loading times, of course I'm probably on a slower connection than you too. I'm lucky to have 700K download speed and that's with the upgraded Business package. Woohoo.
Satellite is the only 'high-speed' option in my neck of the woods.<br><br>
I'm going to stick with Opera for browsing TR until I find something better. I see that FF 3.1 is supposed be faster than it is now so I may switch back to FF when 3.1 comes out.<br><br>
As it is right now FF3 continues to crash on me for no apparent reason. Not too worried about it, I think I could fix it by running CCleaner and clearing my private data. I'm not going to do that until FF 3 crashes everytime it opens, call it an experiment.<br><br>
Right now I say Opera roolz, Firefox droolz. <br>

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Watch where you are drooling

by jdclyde In reply to I should probably clear m ...

FF3 never crashes for me.

How odd.

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