Fastest browser for Windows 10 (Chrome vs Firefox vs Waterfox vs Edge vs Opera)
To counter the competitors, the new browser from Microsoft from the point of view of performance? If you are looking for the answer to this question – you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we compare the performance of the popular third-party browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Waterfox and Opera) with a performance of the Microsoft Edge. But before I begin, let me make a brief description of each.
Google Chrome (32 — and 64-bit)
The version used for tests: 45.0.2454.46 (64 bit), 44.0.2403.157 (32 bit)
Download page: Chrome 32 bit and Chrome 64-bit
It is still a new browser, which began as Project Spartan, and is only available in Windows 10. The product is still under development and does not support the so-called expansion, but it is very easy to use. It uses a totally different module to visualize the content and has almost nothing to do with Internet Explorer, as it works on the EdgeHTML engine, which is based on Trident. From the beginning, the browser showed that it is able to be on par with any modern solution, and, according to our tests, Edge can wait for a promising future.
The version used for tests: 20.10240.16384.0
Official page: https://www.microsoft.com/ru-ru/windows/microsoft-edge
Firefox is distributed under a special license MPL. In other words, this software is open source. It works under Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, Firefox OS and is currently used by more than 21% of the Internet users. Firefox relies on the Gecko engine and SpiderMonkey that are developed and supported by Mozilla Foundation.
The version used for tests: 40.02
Download page: https://www.mozilla.org/ru/firefox/new/
It’s almost the same browser as Firefox, because it uses the same technology, but works with 64-bit instructions. Waterfox is available for Windows and OS X, but still has no stable version.
The version used for tests: 39.0
Download page: https://www.waterfoxproject.org/downloads.html
The version used for tests: 31.0.1889.180
Download page: http://www.opera.com/ru/computer/windows[/b]
For the purposes of testing we used a Lenovo Y50 with an Intel Core i7-4710HQ, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M and drive Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD. All this worked under Windows 10 build 10240.
This is perhaps one of the most important tests, because not every machine is equipped with a luxurious amount of RAM. The old configuration may experience difficulties with the consumption of RAM when working with a browser from Google, which is very famous with this problem, but that’s another story.
To test I just opened the same 7 web pages in all browsers, and then checked the memory consumption in task Manager.
In the end it turned out that Edge was a far more voracious its competitors and even surpassed this parameter is a 64-bit version of Chrome. Opera has taken to fit your needs 434 MB of memory, whereas Waterfox – 566 MB. The clear winner in this test was Firefox with a score of 406 MB.
Browsermark 2.1 also focuses on measuring performance browser everyday tasks and answer the following questions:
- How fast the browser loads pages and send requests?
- Support modern methods of developing web sites?
These and many other things are measured simultaneously. And, of course, Browsermark 2.1 has a heavy load, which measures the overall performance of the browser. The higher the result the better.
Winner: Chrome (64-bit)
A simple test that indicates how well a browser supports HTML5 and its functions. The application detects the browser supports functions and checks the quality and speed of their execution. The higher the result the better.
Winner: Chrome (32 — bit and 64-bit)
This test mainly focuses on the test of ability of the browser to handle the most advanced web applications. The higher the result the better.
1. Microsoft Edge – 3 wins
2. Chrome – 2 wins
2. Waterfox – 2 wins
3. Firefox – 1 win
4. Opera – 0 wins
As for the Microsoft Edge, in spite of an early stage of development, he showed himself very worthy. The only claim to it lies in its extremely high memory consumption. I hope in the near future the company will take care of it, and will add support for extensions.