Opera 10.5 pre-alpha: by far the fastest browser on FreeBSD!
Thursday, December 31, 2009 3:47:13 PM
I've used the newest versions available of the various browsers I could find: Firefox 3.6 beta 5 (www/firefox3-devel), Konqueror 4.3.4 (x11/kdebase4), and of course Opera 10.5 pre-alpha. I used the OPTIMIZED_CFLAGS option to compile Firefox, in case that would increase its performance.
All of this was loaded on a FreeBSD 8.0/amd64 installation with recent ports, running in Gnome for all tests but running in KDE4 for running Konqueror (to make it run in its native environment). The machine I'm testing on has an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, 4GB RAM and is running the ZFS filesystem on a 500GB 7200rpm WD hard drive. Luckily, my CPU is new enough to support SSE2; Opera's native code generation currently doesn't work on processors without SSE2, so then I still wouldn't be able to check Carakan's awesome performance
Since I'm an Opera developer, you might say I'm biased. But you should be able to repeat all these tests yourself. You won't be able to compare with my results unless you have the exact same system, but you will of course be able to compare different browser results on the same system.
That's off to a good start: Opera completely smashes Firefox and Konqueror. What's a shame is that Peacekeeper also includes a 'Complex Graphics' test in which Opera is a lot faster than the other browsers, but it is unfortunately not included in the final result, because some major browsers (IE8, I'm looking at you!) don't support it yet.
Google V8 Benchmark Suite
Last is Google's V8 benchmark. This benchmark was
What a result! The performance advantage that Carakan gives can not be overstated. Konqueror didn't complete the Splay test, so that and the total aren't included for the big K.
Opera 10.5 pre-alpha is without a doubt the fastest browser available on FreeBSD.
These benchmarks are not completely fair - Firefox 3.6 beta 5 is a usable beta version, and Konqueror 4.3.4 is a final, while Opera 10.5 pre-alpha is a bleeding edge development snapshot that tends to crash a lot, especially on 64-bit. However, this does show the potential of Opera 10.5 on FreeBSD, and I even think that the performance will increase before the final version is released. Try it yourself!