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Fastest Web Browser on Windows and macOS

The publishers of the various web browsers on the market all claim their superiority over their competitors. But what is it really? Whether you’re on Window or macOS, experience the fastest web browser on your platform.

Choosing a web browser is not an exact science. Generally, the choice that takes place between the various players in the market more often depends on the affinities and habits of each. Each of them offers features that are specific to them and that are enough to seduce users to comfort them in their choice.

On Windows , Chrome is beloved by users for its perfect integration with Google’s ecosystem, which has become difficult to circumvent today.
Firefox is appreciated for its semblance of independence and for its many privacy protection features. As for Edge , Microsoft’s web browser was the unloved for a long time, before making a meteoric rise with the public after its transition to Chromium, Google’s open source browser on which Chrome is based. And even if the methods used by Microsoft to impose it as the default browser on Windows are debatable, it is clear that it has become very effective and can compete without blushing with Chrome.

On macOS , purists usually only have eyes for Safari , Apple’s web browser, which is said to be the most capable on the platform. However, Chrome , Firefox and Edge , also available on Apple’s OS, also have their public, and fervent defenders.

Apart from the functionality aspect, are the performances of the main browsers on the market all similar depending on the OS? If they obviously differ according to the number of open tabs, the power of the machine and the tasks that are carried out there, we decided to subject the browsers most commonly used on Windows and macOS to a series of tests simulating uses currents. These benchmarks, which only measure the raw performance of each, allow you to get a fairly concrete idea of ​​the speed of each of them, whether they are used on Windows or on macOS .

Analysis tools and methodology

To carry out our tests, we used a portable machine, a Surface Laptop Go under Windows 11 (21H2 build 22000.376), equipped with 16 GB RAM and powered by an Intel Core i5 1035G1 CPU at 1 GHz. During our measurements, no software was open apart from the web browser itself.

On macOS, the measurements were performed on a MacBook Air M1 with 8 GB RAM, under macOS Monterey 12.1 . Similar to Windows, the tests were performed for each browser under the same conditions, with no other software running other than the web browser.

Testing was performed on Google  Chrome 96.0.4664.110 , Microsoft Edge 96.0.1054.62 , Mozilla Firefox 95.0.2 , and Safari 15.2 .

We used five online benchmarking tools covering all possible uses with web browsers. For each of these benches, three measurements were carried out, the final score having then been calculated by taking the average of the three measurements taken, rounded up to the next higher unit.

JetStream 2

This online benchmarking tool measures the performance of browsers in the execution of tasks using JavaScript and WebAssembly, mainly oriented towards advanced Web applications. It tests the speed of startup and execution of code within browsers. The highest score is the best .

MotionMark 1.2

Dedicated to graphics performance, MotionMark is responsible for measuring a browser’s ability to animate complex scenes with a certain frame rate. The highest score is the best .

Speedometer 2.0

This benchmark created by Apple in collaboration with Google aims to measure the responsiveness of web applications. For this, it relies on demonstrations of Web applications and simulates the actions most commonly performed by users. The highest score is the best .

WebXPRT3

WebXPRT 3 is a benchmarking tool containing six different scenarios based on HTML5 and JavaScript reflecting the most common tasks performed daily in a Web browser by Internet users such as photo editing, organizing photo albums using artificial intelligence or even encryption of notes and OCR analysis of documents. The highest score is the best .

Kraken 1.1

Created by Mozilla, Kraken is a JavaScript benchmark that measures how responsive browsers are in performing common tasks. Expressed in milliseconds, the lowest score is the best .

Windows 11: Chrome, Edge and Firefox

Chrome on Windows, Safari on macOS
Chrome on Windows, Safari on macOS

On Windows, the results are quite tight, especially between Chrome and Edge . This is hardly surprising since both browsers are based on the same open-source browser project, Chromium .

While the tests seem to show a slight lead for Chrome , Mozilla’s Firefox browser finished last in four out of five tests, with scores well below those of Chrome and Edge .

Even with Kraken 1.1, Mozilla’s benchmark (lowest score is best), Firefox falls behind last, well behind web browsers from Google and Microsoft.

macOS: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari

macOS: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari
macOS: Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari

Unsurprisingly under macOS , Safari lived up to its reputation and took first place in four of the five tests carried out. Apple’s Web browser stands out particularly well with a score far superior to its competitors in terms of graphics performance (MotionMark), followed closely by Firefox in this area, Chrome and Edge being lagging behind on Apple’s OS.

Like Windows , Google and Microsoft’s browsers are neck and neck, with Edge noticeably better than Chrome with JetStream 2 and MotionMark .

Chrome on Windows, Safari on macOS

Although the results obtained during our tests only allow us to know the raw performance of each of the browsers, they may be able to encourage you to drop your usual browser to take a look at what is being done elsewhere.
On Windows , aside from graphics performance where  Microsoft  Edge does best, the fastest browser is hands down Google Chrome .

On the other hand, if you’re using macOS , forget about all other browsers and stick to Safari . Apple’s native web browser offers performance on macOS  vastly above that of  Chrome , Edge, and Firefox .

Now remains the question of the functions, each seeking to distinguish themselves, and the synchronization between your different devices. If you use an Android smartphone, it is quite possible that Chrome will give you more satisfaction. Ditto if you have an iPhone and use a Mac, synchronizing data in Safari, especially with passwords, can simplify a lot of things. At least now you know if your favorite is the most powerful browser…

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