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[Zdnet] Firefox 3 Beta 4 is 5x faster than IE7, 3x faster than FF2

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The almost-but-not-quite-final beta of Firefox 3 (FF3 beta 4) is now available for download. The most noticeable improvement is speed. In some tests, it’s three times faster than Firefox 2 (meaning the test completes in 1/3 the time), and a whopping five times faster than IE 7:



Other improvements in beta 4 include:
Smarter location bar that tunes itself to your browsing habits. As you type in part of the URL it will offer suggestions based on where you’ve been before.
Better native look-n-feel on Vista, Mac OSX, and Linux. This includes continuing work on icons, menus, native controls.
Zoom just the text or the whole page. Zooming the text was one feature I missed from Firefox 2.
Reduced memory usage. This is the main reason I switched to Firefox 3 for my everyday use. The old version often became unstable after a long session with many tabs open.

To see all the changes made so far in Firefox 3 read this excellent summary by Percy Cabello or see the release notes. Mozilla watchers expect one more beta before the production version is released
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What kind of speed are we talking about here ?
Download ? Opening ?
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I think speed of page rendering, java etc
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wow that sounds great.. i can't wait for final release. firefox FTW!
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What do people use to measure the speeds of these browsers, i'm interested in playing around with it.
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Meh. Real world performance is probably identicle to IE7. I'm not exactly loading javascripts everytime I load a page.
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Im not so sure these scores are exactly accurate, might depend on internet connection or computer speed, i got same order but better scores.
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Firefox 3.0b5pre -- 2070.0ms +/- 0.6%
Firefox 3.0b4 -- 2394.8ms +/- 1.0%
Firefox 3.0b4pre -- 3224.8ms +/- 0.7%
Opera 9.5beta -- 6559.4ms +/- 0.8%
Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 -- 7861.4ms +/- 0.2%
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11 -- 24556.0ms +/- 0.6%
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Originally Posted by neonlazer View Post
Im not so sure these scores are exactly accurate, might depend on internet connection or computer speed, i got same order but better scores.
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Firefox 3.0b4 -- 2394.8ms +/- 1.0%
Firefox 3.0b4pre -- 3224.8ms +/- 0.7%
Firefox 3.0b5pre -- 2070.0ms +/- 0.6%
Opera 9.5beta -- 6559.4ms +/- 0.8%
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11 -- 24556.0ms +/- 0.6%
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Good to know that beta 5 is already faster than beta 4... And lol at IE.
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Added IE8b1 into the list
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