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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:

Quote from Opera.com
Speed

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.

end quote

What's a good site to test I wondered? Well I used www.shockwave.com, 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 www.shockwave.com 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 www.shockwave.com.

I have some very interesting results.

Firefox

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

Opera

* 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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It never crashes for my other home users either.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Watch where you are drool ...

They 'Clear Private Data' and run CCleaner after every session/every day too. Do you Clear Private Data too? <br><br>
I just noticed one feature about FF that I think is superior, that's using 'View\Source'. FF immediately found what I was looking for and, using the same keyword, Opera didn't find anything.

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I clear about once a week for browsing/cache

by jdclyde In reply to Watch where you are drool ...

It CAN be set to automatically clear everytime you close it.

What would make more of a difference is download history and your temp folder.

%temp% from the run option and clear everything out, then reboot. I do that at least once a week as well.

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We're all setup to get the pop-up window choice

by OnTheRopes In reply to Watch where you are drool ...

to Clear Private Data when closing FF. My other two users do clear it but it's been at least a couple of months since I've done it. In fact, I don't think I've ever cleared private data since installing FF3 on 7/05/08. I'm not being dense or anything I just want to see how far I can push it.<br><br>
One of the things I've noticed from not cleaning things up on FF3 is that it takes quite a bit longer to save a picture to my HD. It was the same in FF2. 'Clean' you could save immediately, 'dirty' it would take several seconds. <br><br>
I don't recall FF2 ever crashing on me and I think that the only reason FF3 does is because of my half-*** 'experiment'.

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I think that

by The Scummy One In reply to Watch where you are drool ...

if you 'upgrade
from FF2 you have more problems. I have heard quite a few people state that FF3 crashed, or caused other errors, or was just plain slow.
For me, I put it in a different directory, and can do FF2 and FF3 at will. I prefer FF2, as 3 seems a bit slow, however that is the extent of my problems with it.

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Thanks for the info Scumdog.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Watch where you are drool ...

My other two users were upgraded without switching installation directories and they don't crash...<br><br>
When I get tired of FF3 crashing on me and if my 'clearing' fix doesn't keep it from crashing I'll reinstall it clean.

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I did upgrade

by jdclyde In reply to Watch where you are drool ...

every time. Have had zero issues on five systems, they have been on ff3 for over a month.

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Fast, sure. Compatable?

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

I went from FF to Opera. It worked fine until I started hitting more and more sites that would not work correctly, that I would have to open FF to use.

That is what drove me back to FF.

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Funny, that's my story too

by w2ktechman In reply to Fast, sure. Compatable?
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As for Safari

by w2ktechman In reply to Funny, that's my story to ...

I did try Safari in Vista, it worked well until TR's format change. Then EVERY TIME I hit TR, it would hang, page loads were very slow, often it would crash, and just became a problem. I dont use that system to get to TR anymore. It works fine everywhere else though

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Makes you wonder

by jdclyde In reply to As for Safari

If TR works fine with both Opera and FF, then we can't blame them for being incompetent enough to build an IE only site. If it were the site, it would be the same in more than one of the alternatives.

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