Test: The fastest browser for Windows

Nine browsers compete against each other in as many benchmarks.

W.How fast you are on the Internet depends on various factors. Among other things, the speed with which controlled web servers are connected to the Internet is important? however, users have no control over this. On the user side, the internet connection and the browser used are relevant. Both can create a bottleneck: If you have booked lame Internet access for little money with your provider, even a fast browser will not turn it into a high-performance connection. Conversely, the data rate may be correct on the provider side, but it is lame Rendering engine of the browser, websites build up more slowly than necessary. In contrast to the internet line, you can change the browser for free; ideally, you have fast web access and a modern browser. Do you notice a lame rendering engine when you are using Internet Explorer? he does poorly in this test. The currently relevant rendering engines for HTML are Gecko (Firefox, Waterfox) and Blink (Chromium). Firefox / Waterfox uses SpiderMonkey for JavaScript, Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome use V8. Chrome has already won many benchmarks because of its HTML and JavaScript engines? whether he scores again in this test? The nimble Chromium competition (“Chrome clones”) never sleeps …

Here you will find reviews of the following (64-bit) programs:

Test winner: Microsoft Chromium Edge

To see directly which program performed how well, scroll down to the article paragraph “Conclusion: The fastest browser”. Details on the programs tested and the test methodology can be found in the following paragraphs. The winner in this group test is Microsoft’s Edge Chromium ?? it is up to 193 percent faster than the old Edge browser (Legacy). Not always, but most often, the program climbs to the top in the nine different benchmarks. This also applies to the benchmark with Wirple, where the performance increase is 193 percent. That is impressive, because, viewed critically, Microsoft is only jumping on the Chromium bandwagon as one of many providers. But Microsoft converts the browser source code into high performance. Finally, Edge is also pleasant to use: The surface of the new program feels smooth? comparable to Firefox and Google Chrome. Chromium Edge in particular deserves a download recommendation.

Test: the fastest browser ??  which program climbs to the top?  Chromium Edge is intuitive to use and technically convincing.  © COMPUTER BILD

Chromium Edge is intuitive to use and technically convincing.

Google Chrome Fork now also from Microsoft

Google Chrome is considered to be fast, which is justified: It usually feels like it builds websites quickly. The Google Chrome technologies from Google’s open source Chromium browser project are also used in Opera, Vivaldi, Brave and Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge. Mozilla is doing its own thing when it comes to website display technology. Microsoft also did the latter some time ago: Its Edge browser was Windows 10 exclusive and was not available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The engine is called EdgeHTML here. Now an EdgeHTML successor is in the running: Chromium Edge. The program usually scores (much) better in benchmarks than EdgeHTML-Edge. The installation of the new Edge is therefore recommended? especially under Windows 10, where the old one disappears when the new Edge is installed. Which browser is how fast in which area can be found in the photo gallery.

10 (= 9 + 1) ratings

Chrome is not (!) First

Test: fastest browser

Testing which browser is the fastest is easy: Above all, it takes a lot of time. Various benchmarks are used, i.e. web services on which you usually click a button to start the test. Depending on the service, a higher or a lower value is better ?? high scores usually speak for a fast browser. Testing is time-consuming because there are various different benchmarks and each one takes a few seconds to minutes to determine a score. The more browsers take part in the test, the more complex the tests are: The number of tests, their respective duration and the number of clients multiply. Therefore, you will only find a few important browsers considered in the comparison: Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, EdgeHTML-Edge, Chromium Edge, Waterfox, Vivaldi and Brave browser. In a preliminary research, smaller programs such as the CCleaner Browser and Mozilla’s SeaMonkey ?? however, some browser tests did not finish properly (script error error messages) or were slightly behind the “original” (CCleaner Browser stagnated behind Google Chrome; SeaMonkey was even worse than the Firefox clone Waterfox, which in turn is behind Firefox). Niche browsers are largely not represented in this test, as the first benchmark samples already showed that they would not get you a top performer. It is unlikely that smaller browser providers have the capacity to get a browser up and running faster than the big players Google, Microsoft and Mozilla ?? although such tools have their raison d’etre, mainly due to useful additional functions.

Browser speed ratings

In the photo gallery above you will find a gallery entry for each benchmark. The browsers are sorted according to their speed test results; the fastest client is at the top and the bottom is at the bottom. There is a COMPUTER BILD point evaluation for the first three places in each benchmark: the browser in position 1 receives three points, the browser in position 2 two points and the browser in position 3 one point. In the end, the billing takes place? who will make it to the podium?

The test setting (in the home office)

About the test device: It is an Aquado notebook with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 gigabytes of RAM and Windows 10 1909 Home (November 2019 update). The hardware equipment has a certain influence, so the test results could differ with another device. The article’s author checked this with a hardware downgrade: He reduced the number of processor cores from 4 to 1 with the Windows tool msconfig. Google Chrome initially achieved around 18,000 points with four cores in the Octane benchmark; with only one core, the performance dropped to a little more than 6,000 points. Firefox was downgraded to around 6,200 points for one CPU core, and with all four cores the performance was slightly behind that of Google Chrome.

100 Firefox add-ons

These Firefox add-ons are in demand

As test results are known to fluctuate, each browser was examined twice for its performance: Each test took place once in the editorial office and once in the home office (around 30,000 kbit / s each and in WLAN, notebook in network operation). The results for one and the same program differed depending on the job, but the tendencies and performance rankings were sometimes identical. In the photo gallery with the test results you will find the calculated mean values ​​of the two courses. Only the browser was running during the tests, background programs were not active as far as could be seen. Additional add-ons were not installed in any browser. 64-bit versions of the programs were used throughout ?? Tests with 32-bit browsers would have been possible, but would have increased the test effort unnecessarily and you are usually well served with 64-bit browsers. As a rule, 64-bit browsers offer advantages in terms of speed, security, and stability. The only thing that speaks in favor of 32-bit browsers is that they often need less RAM than their 64-bit counterparts.

Conclusion: the fastest browser

Chromium Edge wins the race, the program comes up most frequently in the individual tests 1st place ?? proud five times (at Basemark, JetStream, Speedometer, Chalkboard and Wirple) ?? and achieved second place once (MotionMark) and third place twice (Kraken and Octane). On place 2 the Brave Browser does it. Google Chrome has to deal with the 3rd place content. Firefox shares 4th place with Opera, Vivaldi and Legacy Edge. The fact that Internet Explorer is slow confirms its rank 8 (at least it won a benchmark, namely Sunspider, which is no longer being developed). Waterfox follows on the last 9th place. Subjectively, the Firefox twin may be faster than Internet Explorer. Is felt ?? apart from IE ?? none of the browsers slow. However, if you want to use the fastest browser, you should switch to Chromium Edge or install it additionally. Multiple browsers usually do not cause any problems.

It is astonishing that the former speed king Google Chrome only reached 3rd place. The test results are only a snapshot; an update of one of the programs (or a change in the benchmarks) would result in different ratings. Incidentally, Internet Explorer was unable to take part in some tests; the same applies to Microsoft Edge Legacy; So the programs had no chance of scoring points in such benchmarks? and not least because of that, they stagnate.

Below you will find some benchmarks including the values ​​achieved. It turns out that Microsoft has done a great job ??? the new Edge is around 100 to almost 200 percent faster. You can definitely feel this in everyday life:

If you surf with the “wrong” browser (Legacy Edge, Windows 10 exclusive, pre-installed) and switch to Chromium Edge, you surf (measurably significantly) faster: Speedometer attests Chromium Edge 47 points, Legacy Edge scores 24 points Points (the new client is around 95 percent faster), with Kraken, on the other hand, lower (millisecond) values ​​are better and here Chromium Edge beats the outdated Legacy Edge again (1,888 ms to 2,226 ms; around 15 percent faster). With Octane it stands for Chromium Edge 19,036 to 13,691 points for Legacy Edge (around 39 percent faster). Chromium-Edge also wins with Chalkboard (81 to 70 points; around 15 percent faster). Furthermore, the new Edge is vastly superior to the old one in Wirple: 1,542 to 525 points is a performance increase of 193 percent.

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