Chrome is the fastest web browser on Windows 7
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Chrome and Opera are the first two web browsers a Windows 7 user needs to take into account, with Internet Explorer simply a no-go for now. However, its Windows 10 sibling, Edge, is a fast piece of code worth taking for a spin, but the tests performed by ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols only focused on Windows 7 browsers.
These are the results scored by IE 11, Chrome 56, Firefox 51, and Opera 43 in various tests (results come in the same order as above):
- JetStream 1.1 - 64.47, 85.26, 76.44, 81.93
- Kraken 1.1 - 5,094.4 ms, 2,267.6 ms, 2,850.4 ms, 2,585.9 ms
- Octane 2.0 - 7,778, 14,426, 14,157, 14,863
- WebXPRT - 150, 187, 183, 161
- HTML5 Test - 302, 519, 471, 526
The tests mentioned above were run on an older machine with a Core 2 Quad processor and 6 GB of memory. Obviously, the scores would be different on other hardware setups, but the rankings would remain unchanged.
At last, it is worth being mentioned that the HTML5 Test checks the browsers' compliance with the HTML5 standard and not its speed. The perfect score is 550 and, as revealed by the results, remains untouched for now.