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Safari was fastest then, now the slowest according to Futuremark’s Peacekeeper

Futuremark has released a new version of the Peacekeeper, which is a web browser benchmarking program to keep up-to-date with the increasingly recognized HTML5 standards. Along with this new release, Futuremark also reveals some interesting data on how the browsers landscape has changed over the last two and a half years. Read on to find out more.

Performance benchmarking software company Futuremark has released their latest version of the Peacekeeper, a freeware to measure and compare web browser operation speeds.

The Peacekeeper is completely reconstructed to support HTML5 standards, and can accurately compare any browsers on a large variety of hardware configurations. It utilizes JavaScript functionality to assess the speed of the browser, which is a good thing, as it is one of the most common programming languages for websites today. Through this method, Internet connection speeds and latencies will not affect scores for each comparison.

Hardware comparisons can be made with the Peacekeeper via a control browser used across all devices to be benchmarked. This is due to the fact that the power of the processor is highly associated with the browser performance.

Here are some interesting facts that have surfaced through data collected from Peacekeeper over two and a half years period:

  • 2.6 million results submitted since Peacekeeper launched in March 2009.
  • 3140 different browser versions tested.
  • Safari was fastest when Peacekeeper launched. It is now the slowest on Windows and Mac.
  • IE has shown the greatest improvement with an average score increase of almost 450%.
  • Safari has shown the least improvement, just 160% faster in two years on Windows systems.
  • Firefox is most popular with Peacekeeper users, accounting for almost 30% of all results.
  • Chrome has held the title of fastest browser since May 2009 but Opera is closing the gap.

According to Futuremark, with the updated Peacekeeper, even the most outdated of hardware will have a proper place in benchmarking.

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