The heat is on: Latest Google Chrome closes the gap with Safari 4, Firefox 3.1
Even adopted Hoosiers like myself love a good race in the spring. Today, with the release of a new beta edition of Google Chrome (build number 126.96.36.199), Betanews added the latest build to our ongoing virtual machine performance test. We've been using a clean Windows Vista SP1-based virtual machine, with only the latest browsers installed. We didn't add any system updates to the VM from last week, because we wanted the new Chrome's figures to be relative to all the others. And we're using not the fastest test environment (a Virtual PC 2007-based Vista VM) because we're interested in relative performance, not raw speed.
In last week's tests, we developed a speed index that accumulates the score from four different performance suites, compared against a relatively slow Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. All our scores are indexes relative to how IE7 fared under the same conditions, which we scored 1.0 as a basis.
The latest Google Chrome beta made one big impression right away: For the first time, it scored 100% on the Acid3 test, versus the latest Google production edition's score of 79%. That gives the new Chrome a leg up coming out of the gate with an 8.33 index score (it rendered text according to standard 833% better than IE7). At least, that's what we think. As our screen capture shows, the test still projects a big ol' "FAIL" word over the result, popping up just after the test begins. But the final number is still 100, and that's how we'll tally it until we hear otherwise.
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