Windows 10 Browser Benchmarks: Spartan vs. IE, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

With the release of Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Build 10049, Windows Insiders have received their first hands-on look at Project Spartan, Microsoft’s next generation Web browser that will be the centerpiece of Windows 10. While Microsoft is not killing off Internet Explorer (despite many erroneous reports to the contrary), Spartan will be the default browser for consumers who upgrade to the next version of Windows later this year.

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Spartan, and the broader Windows 10 operating system, are still in beta, of course, but we wanted to take a look at how this new browser compares from a performance perspective, both with IE 11 and with competing browsers. Spartan’s new rendering engine, EdgeHTML, has already been available in the Windows 10 preview release of IE for several months, but we’ve decided to test the engine natively in Spartan.

For our Spartan benchmarks, we compared Spartan to IE 11.0.10011.0 running its default Trident engine, Chrome 42.0.2311.60, Firefox 37.0, and Opera 28.0. Other sites that have looked at browser benchmarks have run their tests on mid-tier hardware, but we wanted to give these browsers as much power as they can handle, to see a “best case scenario” of performance. We therefore used our high-end test platform: a Haswell-based Intel i7-5960x, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD.

For each browser, we ran the following tests: Sunspider 1.0.2, Kraken 1.1, Octane 2.0, Futuremark Peacekeeper, WebXPRT, HTML5Test, and the Oort Online benchmark. Without further ado, the results of our Spartan benchmarks:

Sunspider (lower) 90.9 92.6 164.3 155.9 191.4
Kraken (lower) 1129.9 1784.9 893.3 1003.6 1054.1
Octane (higher) 31461 19598 36150 32288 34674
Peacekeeper (higher) 3379 3427 4861 4943 4668
WebXPRT (higher) 1499 1056 1569 2042 1645
HTML5Test (higher) 375 348 523 449 519
Oort Online (higher) 3610 3190 10000 10000 10000

Here’s another look at the same tests, this time focusing strictly on Spartan vs. IE:

Sunspider (lower) 90.9 92.6 1.8
Kraken (lower) 1129.9 1784.9 36.7
Octane (higher) 31461 19598 60.5
Peacekeeper (higher) 3379 3427 (1.4)
WebXPRT (higher) 1499 1056 41.9
HTML5Test (higher) 375 348 7.8
Oort Online (higher) 3610 3190 13.2

It appears that Spartan certainly offers some performance improvements over IE, and even has the best Sunspider score out of all the major Windows browsers, but it’s still behind by quite a bit compared to its competitors, especially in the WebGL rendering tested by the Oort Online benchmark (of note, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all scored the maximum 10,000 points on that test, which explains their identical scores).

Spartan brings with it a number of interesting new features in addition to pure performance, such as integrated annotations and support for Cortana, but users shouldn’t expect this new browser to immediately leapfrog performance leaders like Chrome any time soon.

Source : tekrevue