It's official: Safari 11 is the fastest web browser for the Mac

It's official: Safari 11 is the fastest web browser for the Mac

Apple calls Safari 11, the web browser that ships with macOS High Sierra, “the world’s fastest desktop browser.” And based on the benchmarks we’ve run, it’s true.

We ran a series of browser benchmarks comparing Safari 11 (in the High Sierra public beta) to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. In every test except one, Safari 11 reached the finish line first. (We’ll run these tests again when High Sierra is finalized in the fall, but for now, the results are very impressive.)

Here’s a look at all the tests we ran, presented in alphabetical order. We also provide links to each test so you can run it yourself. Note that some of these benchmarks haven’t been updated in a while or are no longer supported by the developer.

Ares-6

safari 11 beta ares6 IDG

Results are in milliseconds. Shorter bars/lower times are better. Click to enlarge.

The Ares-6 benchmarks uses a JavaScript-based series of tests. Safari 11 is the clear winner; it’s almost twice as fast as its nearest competitor, Opera.

JetStream

safari 11 beta jetstream IDG

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher scores are better. Click to enlarge.

JetStream is a JavaScript-based benchmark developed by the WebKit Open Source Project. Since Safari is a WebKit-based browser, it’s probably not surprising how well Safari does in this benchmark.

Kraken

safari 11 beta kraken IDG

Results are in milliseconds. Shorter bars/lower times are better. Click to enlarge.

Mozilla released the Kraken to test JavaScript performance. Safari is much fastest than Firefox in this test.

MotionMark

safari 11 beta motionmark IDG

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher scores are better. Click to enlarge.

MotionMark is a graphics-based test, gauging animation performance. This is another benchmark by the WebKit Open Source Project. Chrome does well to keep up with Safari 11.

Octane

safari 11 beta octane2 IDG

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher scores are better. Click to enlarge.

Octane is a JavaScript benchmark. Google developed this test, but the company announced earlier this year that Octane is no longer being maintained and updated by its developers. The benchmark is still available, though.

Peacekeeper

safari 11 beta peacekeeper IDG

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher scores are better. Click to enlarge.

Peacekeeper is no longer supported by its developers, FutureMark. It’s still available on the web for testing. Learn more about Peacekeeper and its tests.

Speedometer

safari 11 beta speedometer IDG

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher scores are better. Click to enlarge.

Speedometer is used to gauge the performance of “user interactions in web applications.” If you like to use web apps, you should take note of these results. Safari 11 has a slight edge over Chrome.

WebXPRT

safari 11 beta webxprt IDG

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher scores are better. Click to enlarge.

WebXPRT is used to test HTML5 performance. This is the only test where Safari came in second; Firefox was the fastest. Learn more about WebXPRT. Note that this benchmark hasn’t been updated in two years.

IDG Insider

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

«AMD Threadripper prices undercut Intel's Core i9 by as much as $1,000

NEXT ARTICLE

Google wins $1.3B tax ruling in Europe»
author_image
IDG Connect

IDG Connect tackles the tech stories that matter to you

Add Your Comment

Most Recent Comments

Our Case Studies

IDG Connect delivers full creative solutions to meet all your demand generatlon needs. These cover the full scope of options, from customized content and lead delivery through to fully integrated campaigns.

images

Our Marketing Research

Our in-house analyst and editorial team create a range of insights for the global marketing community. These look at IT buying preferences, the latest soclal media trends and other zeitgeist topics.

images

Poll

Will Kotlin overtake Java as the most popular Android programming language in 2018?