The statistics say that Google`s Chrome is the most used browser. This is true without a question, but another question is to be put: Is it the fastest? The answer isn`t that hard, but I decided on doing some benchmarks to find out if I was right. The results were a bit surprising.
The benchmarks were done on my own PC with the configuration from the image above. I compared 4 browsers: Microsoft`s Spartan, Mozilla`s Firefox, Opera and Google`s Chrome, all of them in the latest version. To eliminate every variable, I installed them on a fresh Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926 installation and every test was ran three times and the results you will see in a bit are the average of the three. Also, after testing the browser, it was uninstalled, with the exception of Microsoft`s Spartan, as it comes with Windows.
The first benchmark I ran was Peacekeeper by Futuremark. This one mainly tests render speeds, mathematical and memory operations. The results I got were a little bit interesting with Chrome scoring an average of 4999, leaving Firefox on the first place with an average of 5446. Spartan was the worst with an average of 3570, with more than 1000 points less than Opera.
The next benchmark was the popular Browser mark. This test focuses on the same scenarios as Peacekeeper. It was very interesting that Chrome managed to push ahead of the competition, scoring an average of 6508 points, and opera fell down to the third place with an average score of 5437. Spartan stays on the last place with an average of 2900 points.
The next two benchmarks are real word one. I measured the time it takes to load a page, and the time it takes the browser to start. This benchmarks were done 5 times, to eliminate any margin of error that could be introduced by me. The measurements were done with the stopwatch that is installed by default on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
In the start-up benchmark, I measured how long it takes the browser to start up and load the default Google page. In this test, Spartan goes down to the second place with an average of 1.16 seconds, leaving Firefox on the first place with a 0.74 seconds average and Chrome on the third place with an average of 2.13. Opera manages to fire up after almost 3 seconds, putting it on the last place.
The last of the benchmark the load time. I measured how long it takes the browser to navigate from the Google page to this page. This time, Spartan pulls ahead of the competition with an average of 1.16 seconds, leaving Firefox on the last place with an average of 3.16 seconds. Chrome scores a second place with a little over 2 seconds, and opera goes on three with an average of 2.7 seconds.
In conclusion, there isn`t an ultimate browser for all the workloads. It was quite surprising to see Spartan pull ahead of the competition in some tests, and it was quite a disappointment to see Firefox dragged down so much in some tests. All in all, Chrome was the fastest, with some exceptions, but even then it scored a minimum second place.