Browser test puts Safari for Mac, Firefox for Windows on top
updated 05:35 pm EST, Fri January 6, 2012
by MacNN Staff
Safari edges out Chrome, Firefox likewise on Win
The team at Tom's Hardware have run their latest head-to-head test of web browsers. All the leading browsers for the Mac and PC platforms were tested and included Opera, Firefox, Safari, IE 9 and Chrome. Coming out on top for the Mac platform was Apple's own Safari browser, while Mozilla's Firefox is currently the fastest browser available on the Windows platform.
The Tom's Hardware suite of 53 tests is among the most comprehensive and incorporates all of the most popular benchmarking utilities including SunSpider and GUI Mark2. Overall, While Safari sits in last place on the Windows platform, it has now hit the front on its native Mac platform. It easily won the most first places in all categories including HTML5 and memory usage, while showing very few general weaknesses. Although Firefox for Mac had improved since its last set of tests, Chrome edged it out for second place.
On the Windows platform, Firefox, which finished first overall did not necessarily score highly in all categories. However, it was the most consistent in the full suite of tests and only returned one weak performance in CSS. As on the Mac platform, Chrome finished in second place, with Opera third. After initially performing well on release, Microsoft's IE 9 currently places last on its native platform.