We test Edge vs Chrome vs Brave vs Vivaldi vs Opera vs SRWare Iron
We recently published an article testing various aspects of the three main browsers’ performance– Edge, Chrome, and Firefox: Which Is The Fastest Browser?. In response to a reader’s request, I have since tested all popular Chromium-based browsers to see which performs the best over four benchmarks with each benchmark testing different aspects of the browser’s performance. For the purpose of this exercise, all browsers are at default settings and with zero extensions. The following are the results for Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, and SRWare Iron. Results for Edge and Chrome (as per that earlier article) will be added into a table at the end. In all tests, higher numbers are better.
Speedometer: Browser Test #1
Speedometer is a benchmark tool that measures the responsiveness of Web applications by repeating the same actions using DOM APIs. The benchmark simulates user actions for adding, completing, and removing to-do items using multiple examples.
JetStream2: Browser Speed Test #2
Basemark Web 3.0: Browser Speed Test #3
Basemark Web 3.0 is a benchmarking tool that utilizes multiple tests to gauge browser performance including WebGL tests, SVG tests, stress tests, and more (20 tests in total).
MotionMark: Browser Speed Test #4
MotionMark is a graphics benchmark that throws a heap of different graphics at the browser to see how it handles them. Technically, it measures a browser’s capability to animate complex scenes at a target frame rate.
Benchmarks Overall Results
NOTE: For the Basemark and MotionMark test results, I’ve moved the decimal point one place to the left so as not to skew the overall scores:
No real surprise to see Edge and Chrome first and second respectively. Some might be a bit surprised to see Brave at the bottom of the pile, and SRWare Iron has proven to be just as good as I always thought it was. As I have said previously, there are other factors involved when choosing a browser and I doubt these types of results will influence too many users. No doubt Brave’s claims of enhanced privacy will appeal to some and Vivaldi’s extensive customization options to others. Based purely on performance/speed though, it appears that none of the comparatively new kids on the block can challenge Edge and/or Chrome.
I should point out that the combination of these benchmarks is probably more of a test of a browser’s “performance” rather than speed, although speed certainly plays an important part. Anyway, even though there is not that much to pick between these Chromium-based browsers, it’s clear that Edge has the edge, so to speak.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that browsers incorporate so many processes and tasks it is nigh on impossible to determine exact performance/speed in real-world terms. That’s why the various developers can get away with claiming their browser is the fastest– because any such claims are extremely difficult to substantiate and therefore equally difficult to repudiate.