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Old 20. Feb 2010, 06:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Could I just ask you if by any chance you tested Maxthon 2.5
No, sorry I did not. I don't really know anything about it. Can you tell me a bit about it? I might throw it in if I do some more tests.
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Old 20. Feb 2010, 06:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Maxthon is based on the IE engine but it's better than IE in every department, hands down. And according to Secunia PSI, unlike IE, Maxthon is securely patched. It's one of the most configurable browsers I've come across.

I've tried Maxthon on and off over the last year, it used to be called MyIE2 some years ago, but I installed version 2.5 a few days ago and it's really impressive now. It gives you so many options as to how you view the web, although I'll say it may not be the fastest browser around.... even so, it's not slow either and is reasonably light on resources, similar in performance to SeaMonkey on this machine. Pretty much all the tools I need are built into the program so no need for extensions, although it does support extensions, and you can adjust the settings as you browse, no-script, image block, activex etc, without having to disable and restart all the time. It has a built in adblocker and an array of other useful tools.

Just wondered out of curiosity how it stood up to the others in terms of speed tests etc. I just tend do the tests by eye
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Old 16. Mar 2010, 02:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Opera 10.50 is quite fast!
http://clients.futuremark.com/peacek...ction?key=39Y8
Thought the only speed test I care about is that Opera remains responsive as ever after hours of usage.
Edit: One more person's test:
http://clients.futuremark.com/peacek...ction?key=38gY

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Interesting result between Opera 10.50 and 10.51. A lot of difference for such a minor update. Perhaps something else contributed to the vast difference?
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Interesting result between Opera 10.50 and 10.51. A lot of difference for such a minor update. Perhaps something else contributed to the vast difference?
The Opera desktop team said this on their blog while releasing 10.51 RC
"We have also fixed a minor issue related to performance."
Reasons cant get more cryptic than that!
However it is not more interesting than the difference between Chrome 5.0.342 and 5.0.350
Thats actually a smaller change in version numbers than 10.50 and 10.51.
Peacekeeper does not seem to have updated the fastest system yet and still mention Chrome with 10031 points as the fastest.

Currently Opera with software VEGA seems faster in graphics tests than Firefox 3.7 alpha with Direct2D hardware acceleration enabled. And it is quite likely hardware acceleration will make it into 10.6 with Opera first having showed us a video of hardware accelerated Opera in 2008. Expect a further speed boost.

That result was not mine however. My computer is not that powerful. Some guys with core i5s were doing tests in the comments and this was taken from them.

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However it is not more interesting than the difference between Chrome 5.0.342 and 5.0.350
Good point! I have yet to try Opera on Linux, which is what I use to do internet related stuff. I will have to try it out. I used Chrome on Linux (SRWare Iron actually) for a while, but it kept causing file system errors on my setup. I was not certain that it was the problem, but as soon as I quit using it the problem cleared up. Opera looks promising.
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Good point! I have yet to try Opera on Linux, which is what I use to do internet related stuff. I will have to try it out. I used Chrome on Linux (SRWare Iron actually) for a while, but it kept causing file system errors on my setup. I was not certain that it was the problem, but as soon as I quit using it the problem cleared up. Opera looks promising.
Alas Opera 10.50 on Linux is still in alpha! You can try it if you have no problems testing the latest Opera builds. Normally Opera's releases are synced across all platforms but the browser ballot this time forced Opera to focus on and release 10.5 for Windows early.
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I haven't run any benchmark tests on Opera, but I can say that I was disappointed by Opera 10.10 as it actually felt no better, or possibly even more sluggish, than 9.51.
Happily, after updating to 10.51 I've noticed an obvious step up in performance
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I haven't run any benchmark tests on Opera, but I can say that I was disappointed by Opera 10.10 as it actually felt no better, or possibly even more sluggish, than 9.51.
Happily, after updating to 10.51 I've noticed an obvious step up in performance
Hopefully, your performance gain has been noticed in real world sites not just in the UI. Because I've found a secret. Firefox and Opera 10.10 and IE apparently feel slow in tab handling because tabs are switched only when you "release the mouse" after clicking the tab. Chrome and Opera 10.50 appear fast because they switch tabs as soon as the mouse button is pressed. Check for yourself how that makes a difference in apparent performance. Opera 10.50 and Chrome contain real performance upgrades but imo they are not really that noticeable over Firefox and Opera 10.10 on most sites as simple tricks such as this.
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Hopefully, your performance gain has been noticed in real world sites not just in the UI. Because I've found a secret. Firefox and Opera 10.10 and IE apparently feel slow in tab handling because tabs are switched only when you "release the mouse" after clicking the tab. Chrome and Opera 10.50 appear fast because they switch tabs as soon as the mouse button is pressed. Check for yourself how that makes a difference in apparent performance. Opera 10.50 and Chrome contain real performance upgrades but imo they are not really that noticeable over Firefox and Opera 10.10 on most sites as simple tricks such as this.
I was indeed referring to the loading of webpages as opposed to merely switching between tabs. Of course this is only my perception.
I can't say I've noticed the differences you mention as I'm a fast clicker rather than a button holder
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