Cybernet is reporting that Firefox 3 is now faster than Safari 3, and is close to WebKit nightly in certain benchmarks. I can just picture Steve coming down on people saying “we market this as the fastest browser on the planet!” which is tough, as noone stays the fastest for ever. It is a race, and I am sure that WebKit and Firefox will be switching spots a lot in recently years.
Again, this is great news for developers. I am running WebKit and Firefox 3b3 and I am really happy with both. For some tasks I choose one over another (e.g. Firebug, Greasemonkey vs. lean and mean).
- Firefox 3 Nightly (PGO Optimized): 7263.8ms
- Firefox 3 Nightly (02/25/2008 build): 8219.4ms
- Opera 9.5.9807 Beta: 10824.0ms
- Firefox 3 Beta 3: 16080.6ms
- Safari 3.0.4 Beta: 18012.6ms
- Firefox 126.96.36.199: 29376.4ms
- Internet Explorer 7: 72375.0ms
It’s important to know that every time you run the SunSpider Benchmark it conducts each test five times, and the result is the average of the five tests. So it is a rather thorough test, and definitely shows off the speed improvements that Firefox 3 is going to be bringing to the table.
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