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When speed is all you care about in a browser, turn to Chrome for Mac

Nathan Alderman | Aug. 26, 2013
Google browser gets even faster, but little else has changed with Chrome 29.

The aging Safari 6 still holds the crown in HTML5 vector graphics rendering; it scored nearly twice as well as Chrome 29. Google's browser still beat Opera 15 and Chrome 21 (narrowly) and Firefox 23 (far, far more widely).

In HTML5 bitmap graphics and text rendering tests, Safari again beat out Chrome, Opera, and Firefox, if only by a nose. In both cases, Chrome 21 just barely outscored Chrome 29.

Results for the SunSpider Javascript benchmark provided one of the testing's biggest surprises. Chrome 29 placed second here, just a few milliseconds slower than unexpected champion Firefox. But it scored nearly 40 percent faster than Chrome 21 did on the same test. It also squeaked ahead of Opera—whose new version is built on Chrome's code—and left Safari at the back of the pack.

Chrome 29's success in Google's own Octane JavaScript benchmarks was perhaps less of a shock, but no less impressive. It trounced the rest of the pack, and again scored roughly 40 percent better than Chrome 21.

Finally, Chrome remains the most standards-compliant browser on the Mac. Its score of 463 points out of 500 (plus 13 bonus points) in a test of HTML5 support far outshone every other browser, and beat Chrome 21's score by more than 30 points.

Bottom line
Chrome 29 gives you dazzlingly fast, reliably stable performance. But for fresh ideas about navigating the Web, or clever features that make browsing more useful, look elsewhere. If you're comfortable with that trade-off, Chrome 29 could satisfy your need for speed.


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