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IE8 RC1 trails browser benchmarks

Using the popular Sunspider JavaScript benchmark suite – which cycles through a range of common JavaScript operations, including 3D rendering and AES encryption – the pair ran five next generation web browsers through their paces: Opera 10 Alpha, Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1, Firefox 3.1 Beta 1, Chrome, and the Webkit r40220 engine on which it’s based.

Internet Explorer 8 fared poorly at the test, taking over four seconds to complete the test. Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 took under two and a half seconds. The Webkit engine also acquitted itself well, completing the test marginally faster than Firefox; strangely, Google’s Chrome browser – which is based on the Webkit engine – managed to perform even better, headlining the benchmark at just over a second.

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