CNET benchmarks Apple’s Safari 4: Fastest browser on the planet. Period.

“Proving itself a staggering 42 times faster at rendering JavaScript than IE 7, our benchmarks confirm Apple’s Safari 4 browser, released in beta today, is the fastest browser on the planet. In fact, it beat Google’s Chrome, Firefox 3, Opera 9.6 and even Mozilla’s developmental Minefield browser,” Nate Lanxon reports for Crave at CNET UK.

“We used the SunSpider suite of JavaScript tests to determine which browser was the quickest, and the Safari 4 beat every browser in terms of speed, on both a PC running Windows XP SP2, and a Mac running OS X 10.6 with all updates applied,” Lanxon reports.

MacDailyNews Note: We believe that’s a typo and we’re guessing that Lanxon really means “Mac OS X 10.5.6.”

Lanxon continues, “We determined on a PC that Safari was a whopping 42 times faster than Internet Explorer 7, just over six times faster than Internet Explorer 8, 3.5 times faster than Firefox 3, and 1.2 times faster than Google Chrome… On Mac OS X, Safari was four times faster than Firefox 3 and a depressing (for Opera) 7.5 times faster than Opera 9.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JadisOne” for the heads up.]

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