Hardware Accelerated Browsing Experience: Chrome 7 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Internet Explorer 9
By on August 31st, 2010

GPU accelerated browsing experience is the big new feature that all the major browsers are gunning for. The latest builds of Firefox, Chrome, Safari as well as Internet Explorer have this feature enabled. In fact, Opera is the only major browser without hardware acceleration support. Nevertheless, even Opera has hinted that this is something they definitely intend on doing. I won’t be surprised if we soon see a weekly build with hardware accelerated Vega (Opera’s graphics rendering engine).

In the meantime, Sebastian Anthony from DownloadSquad has recreated his earlier Aquarium test to compare the rendering performance of all the three hardware accelerated browsers. Here is the video:

Not surprisingly, Chrome came out on top. Internet Explorer also performed quite well. However, Firefox turned out to be 30% slower. Nevertheless, the bleeding edge speed offered by Chrome came at a cost. It was the most system resource intensive browser. In fact, system resources consumed turned out to have a direct correlation with the rendering speed. The question is, what is more important? Are you willing to opt for a heavier browser, if it provides more speed? Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.

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  • http://www.adeekshith.blogspot.com/ Deekshith

    I am not much pleased with Chrome and Internet-Explorer in this context.

    I strongly feel that just improving page-load speed by sacrificing system resources heavily is not appreciable.

    Thinking that Chrome is better than Firefox in this context may not be a correct opinion because, “system resources consumed turned out to have a direct correlation with the rendering speed”. So, Firefox must have done better if it uses the same amount of resources as Chrome does.

    Therefore, I vote for Firefox as is optimized for both speed and resource consumption.

 
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