Firefox 3.5 vs Google Chrome Comparison
With the release of the new Firefox 3.5 I thought it would be the right time to give Firefox another try after I replaced it with Google Chrome. I found Chrome faster and lighter although I still miss the Firefox add-ons. I installed Firefox 3.5, now let’s get on with the comparative test. First of all let’s take a look at the speed. With the timer in my left hand and with my right hand on the mouse I tried to see how fast the two browsers would open the freewaremission.com homepage. Of course, I cleared the cache from both browsers before testing and I ran the test several times to avoid wrong results given by some server glitch or a network hiccup. I made an average and the results are as follows:
Google Chrome needed around 33 seconds to fully load the page. Firefox 3.5 needed 3 seconds less, around 30 seconds from the click on the link to the fully loaded page. Well, 3 seconds is not an eternity by any means, but it could be important if you are a heavy internet user like I am. Next I tested the memory footprint. I opened the same 5 windows in 5 tabs in both browsers. Now let’s see how much memory they needed.
As you can see Firefox took around 102 MB of memory with the 5 tabs fully loaded. I’d like to make a note here, I used Firefox 3.5 with no plugins or add-ons installed, so I guess the results could be slightly different if you use dozens of add-ons. Now let’s see how much memory Chrome needed to display the 5 websites.
You might notice that Chrome is listed in my Task Manager with 7 processes, so I have to do some calculations. And the sum is… around 183 MB! That’s way higher than Firefox but again, if you would use Firefox with several add-ons the situation might change.
Overall if you look at the results of the test the conclusion isn’t very surprising: Firefox 3.5 is both faster and lighter than Google Chrome. If you add to that the much better customization options that Firefox has to offer I guess it would be unbelievable to keep Chrome and uninstall Firefox 3.5 If none of the two browsers are to your pleasing you might want to try other free alternatives like Cometbird or Opera. Maybe you can run similar tests with those and share the results with us. Until then, goodbye Chrome, welcome back home Firefox! You can download the new Firefox 3.5 from here, it’s free!