In contrast, you have Safari 4.0, which is quite good thanks to Apple’s open source WebKit. There’s Opera, whose new release (10.50) gets excellent marks (more on that in a moment). And finally, there’s the new Google browser, Chrome version 5.
Try it out. Remember the higher the score, the better:
Results on my Intel Macbook Pro (2.4 GHz):
Opera 10.50: 3000
Safari 4: 2200
Firefox 3.6: 400
Opera 10.10: 160
IE7: 28 (separately tested on a 64-bit/8GB/dual CPU Windows server)
Hence, the arms race. May it continue. Firefox, time to play catch up. Microsoft, I just shake my head.
Note: An update on the Microsoft front. There are signs that IE9 will be much, much better:
IE9 JS Perf Stats