I decided to buy a higher speed Internet service from my ISP. It was called the Warp service and was rated at a download speed of 50 Mbps. It would appear that I am not yet achieving this download speed and will be working with the ISP techs to resolve this. I was most puzzled by what I learned on browser speed and thought it would be useful to get reactions.
I in all cases used http://www.speedtest.net/ to check on the download speed. I compared what download speed I achieved on a desktop PC wired to the router (or directly to the modem, which gave the same results) or to a laptop with a WiFi connection via the router. I compared the latest versions of the following 5 browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. The desktop PC operating system was XP with SP 3 while the laptop was operating with Vista.
Here are my findings, in all cases based at least on 3 repetitions of each case:
a ) on the laptop all 5 browsers performed in a comparable with download speeds of 20 - 22 Mbps
b ) on the desktop PC, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari all gave me of the order of a 25% higher download speed.
c ) on the desktop PC, Firefox gave slightly less than the download speed it achieved on the laptop.
d ) the major surprise was that on the desktop PC, Google Chrome achieved only 60% of what it achieved on the laptop PC
I am very puzzled by finding d). I have repeated tests several times. The fastest downloading browser is Safari, which achieves double or more the download speed for Google Chrome.
For the time being, I have switched to Safari as my default browser. I would be most interested to hear any explanations of the above.
Edited by bwelford, 20 July 2012 - 09:20 AM.