Lifehacker have just ‘confirmed’ what I believed to be true, that Google Chrome is the fastest browser available for Windows 7. Of course for every test there will be someone who’s says that the methodology was biased or incorrect, but I think Lifehacker made a good attempt at producing fair test results by testing how long it takes for browsers to start up and load pages, and how much memory is eaten up, from a user’s perspective. The tests were performed on a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p, with 2GB of RAM and a 2.0 GHz Centrino Duo processor running Windows 7 Home Premium.
The overall results were as follows:
Scores (out of 28 possible)
- Google Chrome 126.96.36.199: 23
- Firefox 3.6 beta 1: 21
- Google Chrome 2 (stable): 19
- Firefox 3.5.4: 17
- Safari 4.03: 17
- Opera 10.01: 16
- Internet Explorer 8.0.7600: 13
to see the full browser test results, click here.