Running the same test on the Firefox 3.1 beta 1. However, that test measures Firefox without its new enabled; a bug in TraceMonkey trips up the test by invoking a print dialog box. (There aren't any new versions of Safari or IE to test, though Safari likely will see a boost from its earlier score of 170 from the .), boosted the browser's score to 2,265--a 22 percent increase. And Firefox jumped 15 percent to 235.
In September, SunSpider speed test. Here, TraceMonkey works, and Firefox maintains its lead over Chrome and the others., spotlighting Firefox's superior results using the
I couldn't run SunSpider when Chrome was released because the site was out of commission that day, but it's up and running again now, so here's the latest results for the four browsers--and bear in mind here that a smaller score is best for SunSpider: TraceMonkey-enabled Firefox led with a score of 2,257; Chrome was second at 2,904; Firefox 3.1 beta 1 with no TraceMonkey next with 4,233; Safari 3.1.2 followed at 6,351; and IE 8 beta brought up the rear with 9,025.
Why you should care
Why does all this matter? A few reasons.