Since last time, the following releases have occurred:
|Platform||Last Test||Today’s Test|
Only Internet Explorer was not updated this time as its version number remains exactly the same: 9.0.8112.16521.
I performed all of these tests in the same environment as last time except for the version of the Flex SDK used:
- Flex SDK (MXMLC) 126.96.36.19928, compiling in release mode (no debugging or verbose stack traces)
- 2.8 Ghz Intel Xeon W3530
- Windows 7
I assign “points” to each platform based on its performance ranking on each test. There are six platforms in this test, so the first place platform gets six points, the second platform gets five points, and so on. Say there is a three-way tie for first place. In that case, each tying platform gets six points and the next-best platform gets three points, the platform after it gets two points, and the last place platform gets one point.
Here are the points awarded:
To compare these results to the results from March 2011, let’s look at how each platform’s points changed:
|Product||Last Test||Today’s Test|
Google Chrome is the big winner here as it jumped from 44 points to 53. Firefox made a marginal gain of two points to go from 46 to 48 points. Both of these gains were at the expense of all the other platforms, which all lost ground. Of these, Flash Player fared the best by only slipping from 54 to 53 points and Internet Explorer, the only platform to not update during this cycle, fared the worst by dropping from 45 to 40 points.
Overall, Flash Player and Google Chrome are now tied for first place by a solid margin over second-place Firefox, which I’ll call the top tier of speed. Making up the second tier of speed is Internet Explorer and Opera. Alone in the third tier is the slowest by a wide margin: Safari.
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