Google’s Chrome browser can’t keep up with Apple’s faster Safari on Mac

Great Offers at MacWarehouse“Google Inc.’s new beta of its Chrome browser for the Mac is nearly twice as fast as Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox, but it can’t keep up with Apple Inc.’s Safari, benchmark tests show,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“According to tests run by Computerworld, the Chrome beta, which Google launched yesterday, is the second fastest of four Mac browsers tested,” Keizer reports. “Chrome renders JavaScript 10 times faster than Opera 10.10 and almost twice as fast as Firefox 3.6 Beta 4, the most recently released Mac version of Mozilla’s open-source browser.”

Keizer reports, “But Chrome can’t match Safari 4.0.4’s speed: Apple’s browser is approximately 12% faster than Google’s beta.”

Full article here.

More info and download link for Apple’s free Safari Web browser for Mac and Windows PC here.

31 Comments

  1. @TVSLAVEN

    Safari is RAM hungry, has more features, and is faster.

    I bet you can figure out why it is more RAM hungry if you look at that long enough. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Why is MobileMe great?

    Got a replacement iPhone at Apple store.

    Logged into .me account.

    Had all my contacts and (thanks to Safari) all my bookmarks within 5 minutes although I won’t be back home for another 3 days.

    Winner: Safari

  3. Play with the test for yourselves:

    http://www2.webkit.org/perf/sunspider-0.9/sunspider.html

    Download the latest WebKit nightly (it updates itself, too) and include that as well.

    You’ll see that:

    Chrome performs worse than Safari. Not even all that close. And WebKit blows them both way out of the water. This is how far ahead Apple is when it comes to Mac browsers.

    Even NetNewsWire (ok, it uses WebKit too) nearly equals Chrome.

    Safari is great, but the WebKit nightlies are remarkably stable and they are also the fastest you’ll ever get on a Mac (currently.)

  4. These synthetic benchmarks are all nice and good, but I’ve been trying out Chrome and am impressed by its speed. Using it, it feels like a solid browser that I could use as my first choice. Still testing though…

  5. Has anyone else find Safari locks up with the beach ball of death a lot lately? Also, flash is constantly crashing in Safari. I love Safari but it has gotten so bad that I have switched to Firefox as default until they get Safari fixed.

  6. Just glad to see more and more browsers on the market: means folks have to design for open standards, rather than explorer. Speaking of, does anyone even discuss explorer anymore?what a joke!

  7. (In order)

    1. Apple Menu -> Software Update (do this until no new updates are available)
    2. Update flash: get.adobe.com/flashplayer
    3. If you use Netflix, update Silverlight at silverlight.net
    4. Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utilities -> repair ur permissionz
    5. Reboot. All better? If your CPU has less than two cores, buy a new computer…

  8. I’ve been testing Chrome on my MBP circa Dec 2006. Refurbished. Some of the problems I encountered:
    1. Accessing bank accounts. It just sucks. It does not render any of them properly.
    2. General web browsing. Lacking…I gues that’s why it still in beta. Some pages does not render properly.
    3. Usability. Not much since it’s still in beta. However, even when safari was in beta, it was more useful than Chrome.

    I’ve been using chrome since the day it came out for the Mac. So far, Safari is still the winner–in every respect. But, I do like the fact that the browser war is not over.

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