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Speed impact of using the "right" software

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 5:04 am
by DonPedro
In our search for and investigation of the best system setup in order to get the best performance, we - according to the what is discussed primarily here in our forum - fail miserably to investigate on how much impact the right choice of using software A instead of B for a given task can have.

Since many years I am married with the opera web-browser. Besides a hundred reasons (intelligent features, versatility, configurability to excess, lightweightedness, dozens of practical things, ease of use etc) it was exactly the speed issue that impressed me most. you just can literally feel the smoothness and speed how opera is able to handle 15 open tabs (web-adresses) compared to for example with the so much acclaimed firefox. there was no need to have it proven by some benchmark, the difference can be experienced by just using it.

but yesterday I stumbled over a website of some diehard firefox-user. as a web-programmer he decided to write a bench(mark) on javascript interpretation-speed. and then tested some browser on it.

well, :) , .... he is still busy to rearrange his dropped jaws.

you can jump to his website right here and do some testing on your own.

for everybody's convenience here are my test-results:

edit: tested on GA-5AX rev 5.2, K6-3@550, 768MB ram, NT4 Svp6a

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:43 am
by KGB
L :lol: L

Heh, good thing I was using Opera since 2000. I knew even back then, whilst using ISA 56K modem (still do :wink: ) that Opera functions way faster than the rest of the other browsers of the day. To do his day, I still have this feeling when I am running Opera (as to other times I use IE to get updates from microsoft, it seems to take much longer. I suppose any Opera user does not need this test to prove how their browser is.

I used Firefox on my P3 rig, and it ate the memory right up, and was spotty at best.

Posted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:41 pm
by DonPedro
a new opera version is available, 9.5 is ready for download.

I have repeated the speedtests at

and this time I have used opera 8.54, 9.27 and 9.5 for comparison. I left out firefox and iexplorer, because I just want to show you how much faster opera 9.5 operates compared with its older brothers.

I ran each test 6 times and then calculated average numbers.

numbers (times) here can not be compared directly with the results of the first comparison above, too much changed in between (system setup, but also celtic kane's test routines).

Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:33 pm
by Jim
Have you tried it against the new "Firefox 3 Candidate 1" that Nohr has posted an article on ? Me, I am still using Moronpoop's "Internet Exploder". Should change. Getting sick of "Moronpoop Internet Exploder has encountered a problem and must close".

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:29 am
by DonPedro
firefox 3 final will be released tomorrow. I am of course will check it out too.

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:51 am
by Super_Relay
the full firefox 3 is out 17th of june (US time)

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:22 am
by DonPedro
okay, here are new test results.

since opera 9.5 does not work 100% stable under windows nt4 (because of transparency effects and alike) I switched to to my sis530 machine.

512 ram @ 133 mhz

I ran both tests (old and new) 6 times and computed average scores. this time I only compared opera 9.5 against firefox 3.0



well, as you can see the new firefox is able to catch up but opera still rules.

My results

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:57 am
by TheBrain

I ran this test right now, in a AMD AM2 platform CPU, running WXP x86 SP3 with IE 7 (7.0.5730.13).

The results are attached.


Thinking better, i realized that these numbers can't be compared to number from another system, but with other webrowsers in this same PC. That is what would make sense...
As I only use IE at the momment, I'll have to do this comparison later.

Re: My results

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:39 am
by DonPedro
Thinking better, i realized that these numbers can't be compared to number from another system, but with other webrowsers in this same PC. That is what would make sense...[/quote]

exactly! ;)

Peacekeeper - The Browser Benchmark by Futuremark Co.

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:03 am
by TheBrain
Hey, guys. Don Pedro and all the fellas.

Check this new web browser benchmark by Futuremark:

As I use IE 7.0 at home and at work, i've got the worst possible results, as it seems. Approx. 180 points at home, 160 points at work.

edited because of typo

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:48 am
by DonPedro

thanks for the link, I got 50 points on my p5a-k6-3-550-win-nt4-opera962 system.

how you got 180 points is beyond my imagination! tell me more!

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:14 pm
by TheBrain
Oh, I forgot to mention that when I said "at home" I meant I was using my Atlhon X2 system, not the K6. Haven't used my K6-2+ for a while...

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:09 pm
by candle_86
im getting 1828 on FF 3.6