All of the browsers used are the latest, most current versions
Using the Browsermark site to test each of the big three browsers and how they perform with Apple’s new release of Mavericks that claims to boost performance by shifting RAM on the fly I ran two tests on each browser under the same conditions.
Both of the Safari tests performed at the top 100% of all browsers tested, which really isn’t that surprising. What was a bit surprising was that Firefox outperformed Chrome in two head to head tests by quite a few percentage points.
The last few iterations of Firefox has really managed to streamline a strip down a lot of its bulk that started plaguing it early fairly early on and making it feel and run sluggish. These test show that it handles all of the tests better than Chrome which is usually thought of as the “lightweight” fast browser of choice.
What is tested?
Currently we have five test groups:
CSS group: measures your browsers 2D and 3D performance, and finally executes CSS Crunch test
DOM group: measures variety of areas, like how well your browser traverse in Document Object Model Tree or how fast your browser can create dynamic content
General group: measures areas like resize and page load times
Graphics group: tests browsers Graphics Processing Unit power by measuring WebGL and Canvas performance
Additionally Browsermark will test your browsers conformance, too. Conformance results tells how well browser did on CSS3 and in HTML5 support tests. Also browsers Flash and Silverlight support are tested here.
I’ve been a longtime user of Chrome but since Mavericks’ release Ive been giving Safari a shot and have to say I can definitely feel the difference. Safari is definitely snappier after the upgrade. There are still some UI choices of Safari that drive me nuts but I suppose the more I use it the more used to it I’ll get.
Has anyone else using Mavericks either noticed a difference in your browser or choice or even gone ahead and made a switch?