This version of the performance test has two changes in testing methodology. Firstly, I’ve upgraded my PC test environment to a 2.8 Ghz Intel Xeon W3530 running Windows 7. This means that all previous test scores must be discarded and new scores taken for all browsers. As a result, I won’t be comparing any of the older browser versions against the current versions.
Secondly, I’ve decided to score the tests differently. In the past, I’ve taken a simple sum of all 12 test times as the platform (browser or Flash Player) total score. Since the tests vary so much in total time and one bad test can seem to ruin a whole platform, a new scheme is needed. In this version of the test, I now assign “points” to each platform based on its performance ranking on each test. There are six platforms in this test, so the first place platform gets six points, the second platform gets five points, and so on. Say there is a three-way tie for first place. In that case, each tying platform gets six points and the next-best platform gets three points, the platform after it gets two points, and the last place platform gets one point. Hopefully, this scheme will result in a more accurate overall picture of each platform’s performance.
With those changes in mind, let’s look at the performance results graph:
And here are the raw times behind the points: