Tag Archives: Chrome 6 vs Chrome 7
A lot is being said recently about the Chromium blog’s post that the newest version of Chrome will be sixty times faster that its current generation on the market. That is a major improvement in speed, and it shows just how much weight is being thrown behind the Chromium project in order to increase people’s ability to use the web faster.
Other browser makers are taking note, but it’s going to be hard to catch up to Google at this point. They are working on features that will improve user experience not only for the purposes of the browser but also for Chrome OS. Witness the fact that printing options are being improved, remoting features are being included and simple formatting tricks that eliminate the need for Notepad are showing that when the Chromium team sees a problem, they simply fix it.
Using other browsers, they do have some features that Chrome does not. Firefox, for example, is still really feature-rich and its interface has been much improved. But after using Google’s browser for a long period time the competition seems, well, slow. Has anyone else noticed this as well?
Just so that we all know that hardware acceleration in Chrome 7 isn’t some fancy pipe dream, I decided to test it out using Microsoft’s FishIE Tank test which measures the frame rate that a browser can load a tank full of fishes.
I used the latest beta of Chrome 6 and the latest Canary version of Chrome 7 with the command line switch “–enable-accelerated-compositing” which turns on GPU processing. Neither of the browsers had any extra extensions installed.
It’s interesting to see how wacky the hardware acceleration causes the framerate to be in Chrome 7. It suggests to me that there is still some work to be done on this early version. While it’s clear that Chrome 7 has a better frames per second rate, Chrome 6 is able to provide a more consistent level of performance even though the rate is much lower.
Of course, it’s been warned for some time that Canary will always be less stable, and using command line switches within it are even less so. You can do your own browser testing if you’d like to with all of Microsoft’s tests here.