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Free web browser performance benchmark test tools

A slow browsing experience could hamper your tasks, especially when you use websites that run applications on them. And now with most applications moving towards cloud computing platform, it is necessary to have a good browsing experience. Apart from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera, there are several other alternative browsers available for Windows 10/8/7.

While most of use select browsers based on personal experiences, features offered or old habits, the geeks among you may want to test how good your browser is actually performing on the Internet.  To achieve this aim, you could make use of free browser benchmark & speed test tools to compare the performance of different browsers. Benchmarking tools run several tests on the browsers like Javascript, HTML5 and other tests. Let’s look at a few browser performance benchmark tests being offered online.

Browser benchmark test tools

Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper is one of the most widely used benchmark tool for browsers. Not surprisingly, it comes from the Futuremark, the inventors of benchmarking tools such as 3DMark and PCMark. Apart from performing a JavaScript benchmark, Peacekeeper makes use of HTML 5 canvas and video while testing. Peacekeeper given an overall view of how fast a particular browser is; It performs a test for about 5 mins and once completed it gives out a benchmark number for each result.

Lite Brite

Lite Brite is the benchmark tool from Microsoft. It is designed to measure the performance of your browser by lighting up your screen with dozens of HTML, CSS and JavaScript features. When you start the test you will see a Lite-brite toy lighting up the logo of the browser. This modern lighting up technique, though measure the performance of your browser.

Octane

Octane 2.0 is the latest version of Octane, a browser benchmark by Google. The benchmark measures JavaScript engine’s performance. For testing the performance, the benchmark runs a suite of tests that are suitable for the latest and complex web applications. Octane mainly measures the performance of JavaScript code that is found in huge sized real-world web applications and which runs on modern desktop and mobile browsers.

Dromaeo

Dromaeo is Mozilla’s benchmarking test suite that is based on SunSpider tests. SunSpider is also a benchmarking suite that measures JavaScript performance on tasks performed using JavaScript. These tasks include current as well as near future relevant use of JavaScript like text manipulation and encryption. Dromaeo may take considerable time for measurement. However, it displays very detailed information about every single test task.

Speed-battle

Speed-battle is a free online test for measuring browser speed and computer performance. It provides answer to following questions.

The test score of Speed-battle provides reference values for the performance of hardware and software.

HTML 5 TEST

HTML 5 Test gives an indication of well your browser supports the upcoming HTML5 standard and related specification. The HTML 5 Test score is calculated by testing for the many new features of HTML5. Each feature is worth one or more points. Apart from the main HTML5 specification and other specifications created the W3C HTML Working Group, this test also awards points for supporting related drafts and specifications.

The HTML 5 test is updated whenever the specification is updated. In case some features are removed, they get deleted from the test also and newer tests are created. The maximum score that a browser can score is 555.

Acid 3

Acid3 test is a browser benchmarking application developed by ‘The Web Standards Project’. The benchmark tests web browser’s compliance with DOM (Document Object Model), JavaScript and various other web standards. The typical identification of Acid 3 is the result it displays after the test is performed.

The rest results are displayed as a gradually increasing counter that is represented by colored rectangles. Each rectangle indicated completion of a particular test. Finally, when all tests are performed, the graph shows 100/100 as the results; of course if everything is fine.

Browsermark

Browsermark 2.1 is the next and more improved version of the browser benchmark with the same name i.e. Browsermark. This benchmarking application is developed by Rightware, a Finish software development company. The application focuses on real life performance measurement for different test groups such as CSS, DOM, Graphics, JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks.

Browsermark 2.1 tests browser’s conformance in which it tells how well the browser did on CSS3 and in HTML5 support tests. It tests other factors such as screen resizing ability, page loading ability, ability to support modern website development techniques and overall performance of the browser.

SunSpider

SunSpider is also a popular JavaScript benchmarking application. However, SunSpider tests only the core JavaScript language and it does not test DOM or other browser APIs. That’s because it is built to compare different browsers with each other and different versions of the same browser. SunSpider performs the real world test that focuses on the problems developers need to tackle when working with JavaScript.

The performance of browsers is likely to vary across different benchmark test tools, as it is not only dependent on the operating system, but also on the hardware plugins.

Other free online browser speed tests

Test your browser today and let us know which browser benchmark test you chose, and how it performed against the competition.

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