IE9 vs. Chrome 6 – Speed Test

Today, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 beta 1 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. How does it stack up to the rest of the competition? Well, it’s not quite there yet, but it is much better than the previous version of Internet Explorer. IE9 beta also boasts a nice new icon, which looks a lot sleeker than its predecessor. Speed test times after the break.

The below times were timed with WebWait, a simple page load timer. 10 websites were tested, and the overall times were added up. The two web browsers were tested on a system with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 9600M GT (256MB), 64GB SSD, all running on Windows 7 Professional x64 on a 20Mbps connection.

IE9 BETA 1 (9.0.7930.16406 X64)

  1. Yahoo.com – 1.36s
  2. MSN.com – 3.45s
  3. Bing.com – 0.63s
  4. Microsoft.com – 2.87s
  5. Apple.com – 1.21s
  6. Dogpile.com – 1.83s
  7. Gumballtech.com – 2.14s
  8. IMDB.com – 2.05s
  9. TestDriveUnlimited2.com – 4.41s
  10. TWiiPhone.com – 2.56s
TOTAL: 22.51s

CHROME (6.0.472.59)

  1. Yahoo.com – 1.49s
  2. MSN.com – 2.58s
  3. Bing.com – 0.71s
  4. Microsoft.com – 2.92s
  5. Apple.com – 1.57s
  6. Dogpile.com – 1.32s
  7. Gumballtech.com – 1.94s
  8. IMDB.com – 2.37s
  9. TestDriveUnlimited2 – 4.80s
  10. TWiiPhone.com – 2.14s
TOTAL: 21.84

Chrome won by 0.67s, which isn’t that much. What does this say? IE9 is looking to be a serious competitor in the web browser market. In fact, IE9 won the majority of the tests (6 out of 10). To the average user, IE9 will be plenty for them. To a power user, Chrome may still be the number one choice. IE9 is definitely going to be interesting once it is fully released.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/delonoid Delon Hilario Funtilon

    chrome rules!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scifibabu Ganesh Babu

    this was a nice comparision, but users using XP cannot try IE9, so there are chances that all most all XP users shift to Chrome.. which will increase Chrome’s User Base :)

  • Jakedee012

    The engine will never be supported by XP, thus mening IE9 will allways be Vista/7 only, but XP is old tech, XP users should move on.

  • Jakedee012

    Agree’d.

  • a6ece

    try loading 2 same videos on ie9 and chrome7 = the winner is chrome7 more fast downloading videos on youtube. and more internet speed at speedtest”net

  • http://www.facebook.com/unwebman Ricky Theil

    Funny… IE9 (with Hardware Accel) and Chrome 6 (WITHOUT Hardware Accel) and Chrome STILL won. Wait until Chrome 7 is released with hardware acceleration.

  • http://gumballtech.com brian

    Hardware acceleration, according to my understanding, isn’t going to help web pages load any faster. Hardware acceleration is primarily supposed to help with dealing with videos, Flash content, HTML5 content, etc. Loading basic web pages probably won’t see any help.

  • Jerman Ramirez

    the ie9 x64 is faster than chrome. not the x32 version

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  • gkaykck

    No, as long as you are rendering ANYTHING hardware acceleration counts. An if you look at the details, at 20Mbps connection, you only need a few miliseconds to get the webpage, rest is the rendering time, which chrome does with cpu while ie does with gpu

  • Anonymous

    I think google chrome is far ahead in speed test than IE8. Inspite of this there are still many users of IE8. It provide secure and trusted service from Microsoft.

     

  • Anonymous

    I think google chrome is far ahead in speed test than IE8. Inspite of this there are still many users of IE8. It provide secure and trusted service from Microsoft.