We test Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox to see which is fastest.
There is always much discussion about which browser is the fastest. Personally, a half a second here and there doesn’t bother me at all and, as far as I am concerned, there are other considerations when choosing a default browser. Still, I thought I’d test out the main three browsers — Chromium Edge, Google Chrome, and Firefox — to see if one stands out in terms of speed.
Author Stu Berg has already introduced you to Speedometer in an earlier article — How To Test If Extensions Are Slowing Your Browser — and in this process, we’ll be using four different benchmarks, including Speedometer. All four benchmarking tools test different aspects of a browser’s performance so a combination of these results provides a fairly accurate overall picture. For the purpose of this exercise, all browsers will be barebone, i.e., at default settings with zero extensions. Each browser is tested three times through each benchmark and only the highest score recorded is used.
Speedometer: Browser Speed 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. In this test, higher numbers are better:
Edge just wins this one with Chrome a close second and Firefox a distant third.
JetStream2: Browser Speed Test #2
Once again not much to pick between Edge and Chrome with Edge just winning out. Results for Firefox are quite poor.
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). Once again, high scores are best.
There is a definite pattern emerging with Edge once again just beating Chrome and Firefox well behind.
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. Higher scores are better.
Edge is a clear winner here with Firefox coming in last again.
So what does all this prove? Well, to be honest, not a lot really. Clearly, the Chromium-based browsers are pretty slick, certainly a lot quicker than Firefox. Then again, Firefox has never been renowned for speed with its main appeal always being extensive customization options. I doubt these results would sway too many Firefox fans away from their favorite browser.
If nothing else, this article might help you settle any debates over which is the fastest browser, Edge or Chrome. Plus, hopefully, you will have found these results of some interest and maybe have a bit of fun trying out these benchmark tools for yourselves.
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