Speed test: IE 9 Versus Chrome

Speed test: IE 9 Versus Chrome

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Versions

  • Chrome version: Chrome, v. 16.0.912.63 m (straight download no add-ons)
  • IE 9 version: 9.0.8112.16421 (no add-ons running)

Discussion of tests run:

All of these tests were done using the versions of chrome and IE9 shown on 1/3/2012, the benchmarks used are from a number of sources. 

Acid 3

Both browsers passed the Acid 3 test with 100/100

CSS3 selector test:

Both browsers passed the CSS3 selector test as follows, exactly the same wording:

“From the 41 selectors 41 have passed, 0 are buggy and 0 are unsupported (Passed 574 out of 574 tests)”

MSU Speed Test:

Using the MSU speed test, and using my corporate machine here are the speed comparisons between IE 9 and Chrome:

This test is a simple one from MSU, Michigan State University.  (IP address removed, same for both tests)

Chrome, v. 16.0.912.63 m

Test Run 1:

Your test file size: 4 MB
Elapsed time: 3.24 seconds.
Your LAN connection Speed: 10.1 Mbps.
Your browser: Netscape 5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/16.0.912.63 Safari/535.7
Your IP address:

Test Run 2:

Your test file size: 10 MB
Elapsed time: 12.3 seconds.
Your LAN connection Speed: 6.7 Mbps.
Your browser: Netscape 5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/16.0.912.63 Safari/535.7
Your IP address:

IE 9, v. 9.0.8112.16421.

Test Run 1

Your test file size: 4 MB
Elapsed time: 3.05 seconds.
Your LAN connection Speed: 10.8 Mbps.
Your browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; MS-RTC LM 8; InfoPath.3; BRI/2; Zune 4.7)
Your IP address:

Test Run 2:

Your test file size: 10 MB
Elapsed time: 10.0 seconds.
Your LAN connection Speed: 8.2 Mbps.
Your browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; MS-RTC LM 8; InfoPath.3; BRI/2; Zune 4.7)
Your IP address:

Sunfisher results:

Chrome IE9
RESULTS (means and 95% confidence intervals)
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Total:             300.5ms +/- 1.8% Total:  244.0ms  +/- 1.10%
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  3d 40.2ms +/- 6.70% 33.3ms +/- 2.50%
    cube 12.6ms +/- 4.80% 14.5ms +/- 3.50%
    morph 11.4ms +/- 3.20% 4.1ms +/- 5.50%
    raytrace 16.2ms +/- 16.30% 14.7ms +/- 2.30%
  access 28.5ms +/- 10.50% 32.9ms +/- 2.20%
    binary-trees 2.0ms +/- 0.00% 5.0ms +/- 0.00%
    fannkuch 11.6ms +/- 6.60% 10.7ms +/- 4.50%
    nbody 9.4ms +/- 23.00% 14.2ms +/- 3.20%
    nsieve 5.5ms +/- 11.00% 3.0ms +/- 0.00%
  bitops 35.7ms +/- 5.30% 21.0ms +/- 1.60%
    3bit-bits-in-byte 7.0ms +/- 8.30% 1.0ms +/- 0.00%
    bits-in-byte 8.6ms +/- 11.90% 5.9ms +/- 3.80%
    bitwise-and 10.3ms +/- 5.70% 6.0ms +/- 0.00%
    nsieve-bits 9.8ms +/- 10.80% 8.1ms +/- 2.80%
  controlflow 4.2ms +/- 10.80% 3.0ms +/- 0.00%
    recursive 4.2ms +/- 10.80% 3.0ms +/- 0.00%
  crypto 27.6ms +/- 8.60% 15.6ms +/- 2.40%
    aes 10.5ms +/- 8.00% 5.6ms +/- 6.60%
    md5 8.2ms +/- 28.40% 5.0ms +/- 0.00%
    sha1 8.9ms +/- 8.80% 5.0ms +/- 0.00%
  date 32.9ms +/- 3.10% 27.4ms +/- 1.80%
    format-tofte 14.3ms +/- 4.10% 10.1ms +/- 2.20%
    format-xparb 18.6ms +/- 3.70% 17.3ms +/- 2.00%
  math 26.5ms +/- 5.90% 23.1ms +/- 1.80%
    cordic 5.9ms +/- 18.50% 1.0ms +/- 0.00%
    partial-sums 14.2ms +/- 5.20% 16.2ms +/- 1.90%
    spectral-norm 6.4ms +/- 10.80% 5.9ms +/- 3.80%
  regexp 12.4ms +/- 10.60% 11.0ms +/- 3.10%
    dna 12.4ms +/- 10.60% 11.0ms +/- 3.10%
  string 92.5ms +/- 2.90% 76.7ms +/- 1.30%
    base64 5.7ms +/- 8.50% 4.6ms +/- 8.00%
    fasta 15.1ms +/- 4.10% 20.1ms +/- 1.10%
    tagcloud 23.4ms +/- 4.10% 23.4ms +/- 2.10%
    unpack-code 32.1ms +/- 3.40% 17.3ms +/- 2.00%
    validate-input 16.2ms +/- 4.10% 11.3ms +/- 3.10%

 

Fishbowl

In this one I used the Fishbowl speed test from the IE site and ran both in Chrome and IE9, find the test at:

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/FishBowl/

Placed the URL in both Web Browsers and observe the framerate.

Chrome and IE 9.0 were the same versions as mentioned

CPU and Memory Utilization are shown ( you may need to enlarge the images)

Chrome is on the left and IE 9 is on the right, Framerate for Google is 11 FPS and the Framerate for IE9 is 60 FPS.

Capture Fish ChromeCapture Fish IE9

 

Security

Oh I have mentioned the situation elsewhere, and even with hard non-Microsoft numbers you either love chrome and it’s insecure nature or you don’t.  That is a separate blog.

 

Conclusion:

You make your own.

 

All data, tests were done on 1/3/2012, if you have other data, then let me know.  Here is the numbers on my laptop:

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  • Well you could at least switch on hardware acceleration in Chrome for that fishbowl test.. Ofc IE9 will have 60fps when its accelerated.

  • Hi Jakub,

    Both were at default installation.  I checked my Chrome options and there was no setting for hardware acceleration.

    In the options menu I checked the following for hardware acceleration:

               Under the hood

    Did not see anything close to hardware acceleration.  To do a parallel test, I used both browsers exactly as installed.

    Maybe Google could just turn on the hardware acceleration for default installations.

    Thank you for your post, and I respect your viewpoint.

  • Hi again.

    Yeah sorry i did not explain it very clearly. Just wanted to point out that chrome has some experimental hadrware acceleration features (accesible via chrome://flags/ - these things are experimental, possibly fully implemented in future releases). I think it´s "GPU compositing on all pages" and "GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D". With these options enabled the results on that FishBowl test is pretty much the same for both browsers. But ye, testing clean install of both - IE9 surely wins. Thanks for reply.

  • Jakub,

    Thanks for clarification on the Chrome.  Yes it is expected that chrome will include Hardware acceleration.  Sadly it appears that Google is more concerned about speed and not security.

    Over the past three months chrome has 60 vulnerabilities versus 19 for internet explorer.  That by the way is an improvement for Chrome, but still worse then three of the other browsers put together.

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