Peacekeeper Benchmark Enters the Browser Wars

New online benchmark from Futuremark reveals huge gap in performance between browsers

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HELSINKI, FINLAND – MARCH 12th, 2009 – Futuremark® Corporation today

unveiled Peacekeeper™, a free online benchmarking tool for measuring
and comparing the performance of common internet browsers.

Competition between browsers has never been as hotly contested, nor
have internet users had as many choices as they do now. The big five:
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera, see regular
releases of new and innovative features and each camp’s fans keep many
a forum and blog busy.

So far, words have been the only shots fired in the long-running
browser wars. Now, with Peacekeeper web users finally have an easy to
use, impartial tool for measuring and comparing the performance of
different web browsers.

Peacekeeper is a new online benchmark from Futuremark that
realistically simulates the load placed on the browser by common
JavaScript functions as used by popular, modern websites. For users who
prioritize speed and performance, Peacekeeper helps answer the question
of which browser is best for them.

Jukka Mäkinen, Head of PC Products and Services at Futuremark, said,
„People have more choice now in how they experience the internet than
ever before. But they may not realize that performance between browsers
can vary dramatically, especially on lower-end PCs. With Peacekeeper,
it’s simple to compare different browsers and see which one offers the
best performance on your PC.“

Many websites, such as social networks, video sharing communities and
webmail services, place a heavy load on the web browser. For people who
use these sites a lot, changing browsers to one that performs faster can
make visiting those sites more fun, with less waiting for pages to load
and display correctly. Peacekeeper makes that choice easier than ever.

Web users can run Peacekeeper now by visiting

Below is a table of the scores produced by Peacekeeper.*

The best performing browser has a score more than six and half times greater than that of the lowest performing browser.

Browser Version Peacekeeper Score*
Safari 4.0 Beta 1656
Chrome 1558
Opera 9.64 662
Firefox 3.0.7 449
Internet Explorer 7.0 243

* Results from a sample PC using an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor