Internet Browser Benchmark PeaceKeeper
This method is a good indicator of the speed of a web browser. It fails however to test other important factors like usability, security or correct code interpretations, or convenience factors.
You can say that marginal differences do not make a huge difference in day to day use, while non-performance related features may.
Update: Peacekeeper was retired in 2015 and the service is no longer available. We suggest use services like BaseMark or Browserbench instead.
Peacekeeper browser benchmark
It will extract general information about the computer system including its cpu, computer memory and operating system before it starts the benchmark.
The benchmark itself is a series of tests that are conducted in the same browser window. The result is displayed in the end and the nice thing about this is that you get comparison information so that you can compare it with other browsers.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the Internet browser benchmark is the chart in the end that displays the performance of several web browsers when run on four different computer systems which you can use to compare your computer's performance.
The chart displays the performance of ten web browsers, including final versions like Internet Explorer 8 or Safari 4 and beta versions like Opera 10 or Firefox 3.1b3, on four different computer systems.
Two Intel computer systems running the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 and Intel Core i7 Processor 920 plus two AMD systems running the AMD Athlon 64 3800+ and AMD Phenom II X4 940. It is therefor possible to analyses the performance of a web browser running on a local computer system with those run by other users who took the benchmark.
Update:The Peacekeeper benchmark has been updated in recent time. A list of devices is displayed to you in the end that displays the performance of mobile, desktop and entertainment devices.
A click on any device displays its detailed results, including all test frames per second, processing power, and support for technologies.
There is however no comparison chart anymore. The only option that you have is to run the test in different browsers on your system, to find out which is the fastest according to the benchmark.
It’s an interesting name of service… for something that will only refuel holy wars in pointless and meaningless way only benchmarks can. :)