Just how fast is the latest beta of Google's Chrome web browser?
Fast--and Google wants to prove it to you by putting Chrome head-to-head with a speeding potato shot from a cannon, lightning sent from a giant Tesla coil, and sound waves channeled through hot pink paint and a keytar.
Gogole claims that the new beta "incorporates one of Chrome's most significant speed and performance increases to date, with 30% and 35% improvement on the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over the previous beta channel release."
New features include the ability to sync bookmarks and other browser settings (like language or homepage) across different computers, as well as the option to use Chrome extensions even in the private browsing mode (aka "incognito").
Google has yet to release the results of the Chrome speed tests (they should be coming tomorrow), but in the mean time, they've posted a behind-the-scenes video showing how the unconventional speed trials were done.
According to Google, "These speed tests were filmed at actual web page rendering times." Check them out in the video below!
The equipment used included:
- Computer: MacBook Pro laptop with Windows installed
- Monitor - 24" Asus: We had to replace the standard fluorescent backlight with very large tungsten fixtures to funnel in more light to capture the screen. In addition, we flipped the monitor 180 degrees to eliminate a shadow from the driver board and set the system preferences on the computer to rotate 180 degrees. No special software was used in this process.
- 15Mbps Internet connection.
- Camera: Phantom v640 High Speed Camera at 1920 x 1080, films up to 2700 fps