Safari 4 - "The world's fastest browser". NOT!

At yesterday's WWDC 09 keynote speech Apple announced the release of Safari 4 web browser for Windows and Mac. Apple claims this browser is "the world’s fastest browser". let's find out.

I'm always suspicious of all claims that are along the lines of "world's blankiest blank," especially when those claims come from Apple.

So, is Safari 4 the fastest browser? Let's test out Apple's claim by pitting it against Google Chrome.

I'm using my standard test bed - QX9770 Core 2 Extreme running at 3.2GHz, with 2GB or RAM on a fully up-to-date Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit platform.

I'm putting Safari 4 against Google Chrome because that's currently the fastest browser on the block. If Safari 4 can beat that, it earns the title of "world's fastest browser." If it can't beat Chrome, then the claim is puff.

While it's clear that Safari 4 is fast, and it's almost caught up with Chrome in the V8 benchmark, Safari 4 is clearly NOT the world's fastest browser.

I replicated the same tests on a number of other systems and came up with similar results. Google Chrome still outperforms Safari 4. The gap is closing, sure, so it's close but no cigar.

Google Chrome 2.0.172.30

Score: 3623 Richards: 3297 DeltaBlue: 3747 Crypto: 3043 RayTrace: 4006 EarleyBoyer: 5777 RegExp: 1265 Splay: 7441

Sunspider JavaScript Benchmark

============================================ RESULTS (means and 95% confidence intervals) -------------------------------------------- Total:                  802.8ms +/- 2.5% --------------------------------------------

3d:                   128.4ms +/- 9.2%     cube:                36.8ms +/- 5.6%     morph:               54.6ms +/- 25.7%     raytrace:            37.0ms +/- 2.4%

access:                71.8ms +/- 11.9%     binary-trees:         4.6ms +/- 14.8%     fannkuch:            27.6ms +/- 19.0%     nbody:               28.4ms +/- 12.2%     nsieve:              11.2ms +/- 9.3%

bitops:                49.2ms +/- 8.6%     3bit-bits-in-byte:    4.2ms +/- 24.8%     bits-in-byte:         9.8ms +/- 5.7%     bitwise-and:         13.6ms +/- 5.0%     nsieve-bits:         21.6ms +/- 19.3%

controlflow:            3.4ms

+/- 20.0%     recursive:            3.4ms +/- 20.0%

crypto:                57.4ms +/- 6.2%     aes:                 18.4ms +/- 3.7%     md5:                 21.6ms +/- 8.7%     sha1:                17.4ms +/- 10.8%

date:                 109.6ms +/- 11.9%     format-tofte:        57.0ms +/- 4.4%     format-xparb:        52.6ms +/- 22.4%

math:                  72.4ms +/- 4.0%     cordic:              25.8ms +/- 4.0%     partial-sums:        35.8ms +/- 5.2%     spectral-norm:       10.8ms +/- 5.1%

regexp:                29.6ms +/- 7.0%     dna:                 29.6ms +/- 7.0%

string:               281.0ms +/- 3.3%     base64:              37.4ms +/- 4.5%     fasta:               42.8ms +/- 5.2%     tagcloud:            52.6ms +/- 3.6%     unpack-code:         91.2ms +/- 6.4%     validate-input:      57.0ms +/- 3.1%

Safari 4.0 (530.17)

Score: 2494 Richards: 3844 DeltaBlue: 2965 Crypto: 3325 RayTrace: 2829 EarleyBoyer: 3710 RegExp: 1252 Splay: 1206

============================================ RESULTS (means and 95% confidence intervals) -------------------------------------------- Total:                  846.2ms +/- 3.5% --------------------------------------------

3d:                   187.4ms +/- 14.1%     cube:                74.0ms +/- 23.8%     morph:               62.6ms +/- 16.7%     raytrace:            50.8ms +/- 18.2%

access:                90.6ms +/- 9.3%     binary-trees:         8.4ms +/- 8.1%     fannkuch:            20.0ms +/- 9.8%     nbody:               54.0ms +/- 20.8%     nsieve:               8.2ms +/- 24.9%

bitops:                41.0ms +/- 3.7%     3bit-bits-in-byte:    4.6ms +/- 14.8%     bits-in-byte:         8.6ms +/- 7.9%     bitwise-and:          3.8ms +/- 14.6%     nsieve-bits:         24.0ms +/- 0.0%

controlflow:            4.8ms +/- 11.6%     recursive:            4.8ms +/- 11.6%

crypto:                64.4ms +/- 10.4%     aes:                 14.4ms +/- 40.8%     md5:                 25.0ms +/- 6.1%     sha1:                25.0ms +/- 6.1%

date:                  78.0ms +/- 28.0%     format-tofte:        27.6ms +/- 26.8%     format-xparb:        50.4ms +/- 47.7%

math:                 135.4ms +/- 5.6%     cordic:              54.6ms +/- 7.3%     partial-sums:        55.6ms +/- 15.8%     spectral-norm:       25.2ms +/- 2.2%

regexp:                33.0ms +/- 8.8%     dna:                 33.0ms +/- 8.8%

string:               211.6ms +/- 6.9%     base64:              28.4ms +/- 2.4%     fasta:               43.8ms +/- 21.9%     tagcloud:            42.8ms +/- 18.2%     unpack-code:         55.0ms +/- 26.8%     validate-input:      41.6ms +/- 5.8%

Source: www.zdnet.com

Category: Computer Science

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