ExtremeTech’s test methodology includes an array of different benchmarks, and leaves room for the notion that speed in this or that area may be particularly useful for certain kinds of users. In their Final Results roundup, even though it is still in early development, Google Chrome emerges the winner.
One of the more interesting sets of results from the tests came from the Acid3 evaluations, where browsers were asked to play an animation using default settings, with the results compared to a reference image. It’s essentially a compatibility test that involves speed. Here, Opera emerged as the winner, and Google Chrome came in last.
In the end, Chrome accumulated 30 points on a rating scale to win, with Firefox second in the ExtremeTech tests. Both Internet Explorer 7 and Safari “did not place.” This comparison is definitely due for an update when the new version of Firefox is finalized, but there is no question that Chrome is a fast and well-rounded browser despite its young age.