When it comes to selecting a browser, load times and performance are huge. Currently, Google Chrome is widely used because of its performance in comparison to some of the other browsers. However, the long-awaited IE10 was released with Windows 8 last month, and Windows 7 users can still try IE10 on the Windows 8 Preview. So how does IE10 fair against Chrome- and how much better is IE10 opposed to IE9? Grant Brunner in ExtremeTech ran some real world tests on the browsers to find out:
HTML5 compliance is a bit hard to test because the W3C, the web standards body, has yet to agree on the complete specification. As of now, we’re working using its draft spec. Currently, The HTML5 Test is one of the best ways to test if your browser supports five hundred different HTML5 features as well as bonus features not defined in the spec, such as multiple codec support for video playback. IE9 scored a measly 138/500 with five bonus points. Chrome 23 scored 448/500 with 13 bonus points. IE10 scored somewhere in between with 320/500 with 6 bonus points. The HTML5 Test is not perfect. It doesn’t test how well your browser performs its tasks, but it does check to see if your browser can perform them, so it’s good to know where your browser of choice stands.
In this test, Chrome 23 and IE10 go head-to-head with real-world load times. Using a stopwatch, I timed how how long it took from pressing enter in the URL bar until a page was in a readable state with all of the text in place. ExtremeTech, PCMag, and Geek.com were all tested three separate times on both browsers, and then averaged out. On IE10, ExtremeTech loaded in 1.43 seconds, PCMag loaded in 2.00 seconds, and Geek.com loaded in 2.03 seconds. On Chrome 23, ExtremeTech loaded in 1.17 seconds, PCMag loaded in 1.50 seconds, and Geek.com loaded in 1.23 seconds. On average, Chrome loaded pages faster, but not by much. In fact, individual tests on the same browser varied more than the difference between browsers. In the real world, you won’t likely notice a difference in load times between either browser.”
It’s obvious that IE10 crushes IE9, but according to Brunner’s real world test IE10 and Chrome seems pretty hand-in-hand. What browser do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section.