- Firefox 3 Beta 4: 6972.2ms
- Safari 3.1: 7411.8ms
- Opera 9.5.9807 Beta: 10824.0ms
- Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1: 14302.0ms
- Safari 3.0.4 Beta: 18012.6ms
- Firefox 184.108.40.206: 29376.4ms
- Internet Explorer 7: 72375.0ms
Note: All tests were performed on the same Windows machine.
Apple definitely holds the performance crown when comparing it to other released browsers, but once Firefox 3 makes its way out there will be a new king of the hill. So if you were developing a lengthy diabolical plan as to how you were going to switch from Firefox to Safari you might want to hold off if performance was the sole deciding factor.
As far as the Acid 3 test goes Safari 3.1 scores a 75/100, which isn’t quite as good as the nightly builds demonstrated when we last tested it. It’s still the closest a browser comes to passing the test though.
I haven’t noticed any new features in Safari 3.1, and so if you find something I would love to know about it. I do have to say it does feel pretty snappy though when it comes to loading pages. I might have to whip up some more comparisons between the browsers available.
Download Safari 3.1 (Mac or Windows)