As I'm still looking for a decent browser I decided to do some research. I installed several different browsers in their - as of today - latest versions, even some BETA releases, and let them run the (online) Peacekeeper benchmark. Futuremark's Peacekeeper tests multiple elements of your browser and gives you a score at the end of the test. This way it determines what browser is the fastest and works the best on your system. The hardware I used is described in an older blog-post of mine: New game system.
Please don't forget to comment and say what browser you're using, and why!
Peacekeeper summed up all the browsers I tested, finally I took a screenshot of the end result. I put BETA (in red) in front of all BETA versions.
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Below are all the browsers I used with each their corresponding version number and score.
v18.104.22.1684 - 3995 Points
v5.0.396.0 BETA - 6680 Points
v4.0.280.0 - 4336 Points
v5.0.380.0 BETA - 6491 Points
v10.53 (3374) - 4412 Points
v10.54 (21868 ) BETA - 4698 Points
v4.0.5 (531.22.7) - 3337 Points
v3.6.3 - 2789 Points
v3.6.4 BETA - 2869 Points
Microsoft Internet Explorer:
v8.0.6001.18702 - 423 Points
v9.0.7766.6000 BETA - 1925 Points
Google Chrome - 6680 Points!
It's clear that Google Chrome is the winner by a neat 6680 Points in total! I would love to use Google Chrome as my default browser but the fact - unlinke Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari and Internet Explorer - it lacks a sidebar for my bookmarks (hundreds) I won't touch it. I really hope that Google decides to add a bookmark sidebar since it's a serious disadvantage over the other browsers.
As for the second place.. SRWare Iron is - in fact - based on the same Chromium engine as Google Chrome. So just like Google Chrome it lacks a sidebar which keeps me from using it. Unlike Google Chrome, SRWare Iron does not concern the users privacy. Also it's less bloated than Google Chrome since it doesn't have things like Error Reporting or an Updater service which starts on Windows start-up.
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