Browsers benchmarked on Linux

May 13th, 2009

The system itself is a Dell D830 laptop with a nvidia NV135 chip and an Intel Core2 Duo T7500 CPU with 2GB RAM. For actual benchmarking the new futuremark paecekeeper browser benchmark has been put to use.

The compared browsers are:

  • Midori 0.1.4 (lightweight GTK browser using webkit)
  • Iceweasel 3.0.9 (the debian rebranded Firefox 3.0.9)
  • FIrefox 3.5b4 (latest beta of firefox 3.5)

Sunspider results are:

RESULTS (means and 95% confidence intervals) for SunSpider 0.9
Firefox 3.5b4:               2405.6ms +/- 4.0%
Midori 0.1.4:                3917.2ms +/- 2.6%
Iceweasel 3.0.9:             4465.6ms +/- 1.6%

Here are the results for the Futuremark Peacekeeper browser benchmark:

The results are quite unexpected, as working with the browser show a different perceived quality. Although midori scores highest in the peacekeeper benchmark, the rendering on some sites is sometimes flaky and seem to take longer as with both firefox version. On the other hand the sunspider benchmark shows midori far behind firefox, which also is strange as SunSpider is from the webkit project and should therefor be quite fast on a browser using webkit.

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