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Google's Octane claims to be "real-world" browser benchmark

By Rick · 22 replies
Aug 22, 2012
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  1. Google has long been an advocate of making the web a faster place. This ideal is epitomized by the company's increasingly popular (and speedy) Internet browser, Chrome. Remaining focused on that quest for speed, today the company revealed Octane, a……

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    If "real-world" is what we're talking about here, then Firefox 15 is king.

    Wait, that can't be?! Sure is.

    Firefox renders websites seemingly faster than Chrome, especially since it's HW acceleration is superior.

    Guess who's second? IE10.


    Guess who's third? Opera 12.


    Other than that, though, difference becomes negligible as Chrome's UI is both faster and better designed, adding to the overall placebo effect. One I proudly am under the influence of.
  3. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 595   +58

    You know, I've done all types of benchmarks with all types of browsers and of course, Chrome is king, followed by Opera and as of recently, Safari 6. Benchmarks aside though, I use the browser that works the best for my needs personally and that is either Chrome or Opera. To be honest, I'm not terribly fond of either. I'd use Safari but there is no way to stop flash from playing other than using an extension that notably slows down the browser. Not by much but still. Also, Safari will not play certain Flash videos without stuttering.
  4. nuttynuts

    nuttynuts TS Rookie

    based on html5Scores chrome got the highest and firefox comes second.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +794

    I just run the test in my Firefox which has 33 tabs open and I got a score of 6985?
    Safari definitely isn't faster, besides I don't trust Google's Browser, I don't know why and I can't put my Finger on it but I can almost guarantee once Google has got most of the browser market share they will surely then suddenly change the browser to show Ad's all the time or will track everything you do more.
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,687   +356

    Chrome 21.0.1180.83m - 7352
    Opera 12.01 - 2951
    Firefox 14 - 3656
    Safari 5.1.7 - 2054
    iE 8 - Can't even load the page properly let alone run the test.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +794

    After seeing Arris's results and I got a few guys here to run this test, I wouldn't say its reliable at all, In fact it seems completely erratic. The scores seem to change hugely each time it is run.
  8. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    Exactly. There are too many variables that are involved. To do this test even half way accurately, you would have to run the tests of the browsers on identical computers running the same OS and load pages from a computer NOT hooked up to the internet (local network or the such). People connect from different parts of the world, net congestion, and latency would effect final results.

    Also without looking at the code, Google could be identifying browsers and skewing results. I'm not saying that is happening, it is just a possibility. An independent party needs to run the tests. There is too much of a conflict of interest.

    Result: Use whatever browser you like. Saving 10 minutes a day because you are using the "fastest browser" has no bearing on how productive you are if you waste 30 minutes at the water cooler BSing.
  9. bitaljus

    bitaljus TS Rookie

    FF 17.0a1 (Nightly) - 7224
    chrome stable - 7321
    very little different's
  10. Firefox Aurora 16.0a2 comes in with 6713!
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,687   +356

    Well the tests were run on an old dual core machine running XP over 20Mbit company internet.

    Safari 5.1.7 only got 2054 on this machine. Which isn't that far off Opera's score. Which is surprising as I usually find Safari for Windows an awfully slow experience compared to pretty much anything else.
  12. CryVer

    CryVer TS Rookie Posts: 37

    I don't agree that Chrome's UI is faster than Firefox's. If we are thinking overall useability, then managing bookmarks in Firefox is a lot quicker and easier than Chrome. I also prefer the Firefox options menu to that of Chrome, and I think the option to press "Alt" in Firefox to get the old menu up is nice (at times). It's also easier in Firefox to get to the addons page (Ctrl+Shift+A), as there is no shortcut in Chrome to do that (that I know of).
  13. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    I use Firefox & Chrome daily, and they are much the same in the real world, if there's microseconds or even milliseconds difference, it just doesn't matter in the average workplace (mine's very average!:) )
  14. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    I'm not sure how you'd improve bookmarks on chrome seeing how they are conveniently lined up right under the address bar, but in my experience chrome is more reliable and more integrated with the other Google services I regularly use. I haven't tried Firefox recently, but it wouldn't matter since chrome already has everything I want in a browser.
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Right. Too bad we're <I>not</I> thinking overall usability. I said faster and better designed.
  16. Chrome 21: 10146
    Is that good?
  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,687   +356

    Well hardware makes a big difference. 3mbit broadband but my i7 2600K @ 4.6Ghz gets 19405 for Chrome. Although Opera 12 on this machine seems to crash on the Mandreel test.
  18. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 829   +32

    Chrome 21: 11015
    Firefox 14: 7160
    Opera 12: 4744

    There's my scores. I do notice Chrome loading pages about a second or so faster than Firefox, and going back and forth between FF an Opera, there's not too much of a difference (if I time it, Opera is usually off by half a second every time). So on my laptop, at least, Chrome does indeed run faster.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    My results with installed browsers:
    • Firefox 14.0.1: 9996
    • Opera 12.01: 6439 (my default browser)
    • IE9: Loaded page loaded but benchmark wouldn't start!
    • Chrome: I've never supported Google.
  20. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    Benchmarking Chrome would only support Google if it won.....:)
  21. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I have no idea what the scores mean... but I ran it with chrome and got 11342.

    COOL... I think?
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    I'm sure Chrome benchmark would have been the highest, judging by all the other scores. I have nothing against installing the application and presenting a benchmark score, that will not change how I feel toward Google. My hatred for Chrome started way before I even considered it as a browser alternative.

    I've lost count how many times I have un-installed Chrome because of Installers including Chrome within their package. The continuous need to watch installers for included additional applications has created a hatred for the included additional applications.
  23. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Booster Posts: 247   +27

    Yep, I see what you're saying, drives me nuts too (especially toolbars, if you forget to untick the box!)

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