With the release of the new Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 it was time again for my usual 30 tab browser stress test. My test consists of loading the same 30 tabs in all of the browsers tested.
In this test: Opera 9.24, Netscape Navigator 220.127.116.11 (Firefox 18.104.22.168 codebase), Safari 3.0.4, and Firefox 3.0 Beta 1. In previous tests Navigator 9.x beat Firefox 2.x but now the new Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 seems to beat Navigator 9. The surprising part is how badly Opera did… it seems it didn’t even attempt to recover at all. For the most part Safari 3 is quite effecient but the new Firefox 3 beta has improved largely improved over Firefox 2.0 on mac. Note… these results may vary.
Check out the Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 @ http://en-us.www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/3.0b1/releasenotes/