Fastest browser for OSX?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chuckflip53, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. chuckflip53 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    I've always felt that Chrome felt more responsive and speedy. Just ftr, I am running a 13" MBP w/ a 2.4ghz C2D

    EDIT: I googled the issue and found this nifty article which ran 20+ tests comparing Firefox, Opera, IE, Chrome and Safari. Unfortunately they were all tested on Win7.

    SO, I decided to run a test myself on my MBP.
    The test I ran was Futuremark's Peacekeeper which, according to the website, "is a free online browser benchmark tool. With Peacekeeper it’s quick and easy to compare different browsers to find out which one offers the best performance on your PC...Peacekeeper measures your browser's performance by testing its JavaScript functionality."

    Results (higher number corresponds to greater performance):
    Chrome 5.0.375.86
    Run 1 – 5418
    Run 2 – 5424
    Safari 5.0 (6533.16)
    Run 1 – 4068
    Run 2 – 4068
    Firefox 3.66
    Run 1 – 2481
    Run 2 – 2507
    Opera 10.60
    Run 1 – 4978
    Run 2 – 4978

    Keep in mind that these tests were run using a C2D 2.4ghz processor so people with i5/i7s will most likely post higher results. However, using this test, Chrome clearly wins but Opera is not too far behind.
  2. aslocum macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010

    but i like the new safari 5 so i use it
  3. Yinmay macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    Safari 5's reader > Chrome's slight speed advantage

    I love this feature. Besides, Chrome's lead diminishes and in some cases disappears the more tabs and extensions you're running.
  4. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    I find chrome slower than Safari but faster than Firefox however im not a fan of Google.
  5. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    doesn't Chrome hog the nvidia gpu where safari uses mainly the Intel one, making the battery last *much* longer?
  6. MacKeeper-fan macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2010
    I think Opera is fastest. Opera is safe, secure, powerful and fully customizable, the Opera Web browser is faster and more secure than other browsers available on the market. Opera delivers robust security and a far-richer feature set than any other Web browser and it's free.
  7. Kendio7 macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Yep it does, thats the reason i'm having to use Firefox atm :/
  8. rasmusDoh macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    I'd like to know that too. Don't wanna lose a significant amount of battery time just because of my browser choice.

    EDIT: Just thought, does this actually matter for me, when i have a 13"? They use the
    same (and only) GPU all the time, right?
  9. rasmusDoh macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    Would also like to know what you think about Chrome RAM usage. The app itself doesn't take up a lot of memory, but i've noticed that each "renderer" process that up quite a bit. So do all the Chrome processes summed up actually end up using
    more memory than Safari - with a lot of tabs open in both?
  10. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    No it won't have any affect on yours as it only has the on GPU.

    I tried Chrome and didn't see what all the fuss is about, felt slower than Safari 5, and it does activate the Nvidia GPU so un-installed it and went back to Safari.
  11. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    FireFox? darn that one is almost worse and slower then IE8 were it not for firebug. i think opera 10.6 is WAY better then both FF and safari, don't know if it plays nice with the gpu yet though.
  12. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK

    I can't vouch for some of the claims but what I do know is that it is VERY quick. What I love most about Opera is that you can synch your bookmarks across devices so easily.

    A very feature rich browser indeed and highly recommended.
  13. discofuel macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2010
  14. bender o macrumors 6502

    bender o

    Mar 14, 2009
    I hadn't realized that IE8, Safari or Chrome were paid :S

    I think it's funny when people get used to saying non-industry-labeled things are the only ones free
  15. FangBianMian macrumors member


    Jan 22, 2010
    Safari 5 (extensions enabled) gets no complaint from me. Love it.
  16. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    I like Chrome better than Firefox & Safari. I only like Safari's history...shows you the webpages :p
  17. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
  18. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I'm currently using Chrome, but it has begun getting slower for I might switch to Safari 5 soon.
  19. toffa813 macrumors regular

    May 10, 2007
    I use Safari, but have tried Chrome and Firefox, and I can't tell the difference in speed between Safari and Chrome, and I think Firefox was slower (haven't used it in months, its not installed on my new MBP).
  20. Baral macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Opera is by far the fastest in my personal experience (I've tried Safari 4, Safari 5, Chrome, and Firefox).

    It's also the sleekest/cleanest browser out there. Love it. :D
  21. BenXiaoHai macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    I've just downloaded Opera after seeing all the positive reviews here. Does seem faster and sleeker. However I've got 2 questions. Being a firefox users for years, I'm accustomed to cmd # for tab switching. The current shortcut for tab switching for opera is really not to my liking. I've seen the shortcuts page, and I can see that I can assign cmd 1-9 to different functions. The default is to go to the different speed dials, and I would like to know the command for it to switch to tab 1, tab 2 etc...

    Second question is, my personal bar (bookmarks) just goes missing sometimes. How do I bring it back?
  22. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    Chrome is my choice because the Safari address bar+search box combo sucks. It doesn't even work right in Safari 5.

    On my Chrome, I have it set up so that if I type wiki Frankenstein it will automatically pull up the wikipedia article on Frankenstein. No clicking involved.
    Likewise, I have shortcuts like imdb and pirate (piratebay).
  23. chuckflip53 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    heh I don't have the option of changing from discrete to integrated so that doesn't affect me

    From the responses so far, it seems that the majority of people here like Chrome and Opera so I guess I'll give Opera a try :D
  24. BenXiaoHai macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    Hmmm.... and also, Opera seems to activate my nvidia almost all to easily...

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