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Microsoft claims IE9 beats Safari 5 in GPU acceleration

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue June 8, 2010

MS says IE9 test faster than Safari 5 final

Microsoft tried to downplay the launch of Safari 5 by posting its own comparison video (below, Silverlight needed) showing Internet Explorer 9's performance with graphics hardware acceleration. Apple is touting use of the GPU for the Windows version of its browser, but IE9 even in its test phase is shown drawing demo sites noticeably faster than Safari. Microsoft didn't say how many of the tests, which exist on the IE9 preview site, were hardware-enabled for both.

Internet Explorer's upcoming release is being designed from the ground up for hardware acceleration using DirectX in Windows to offload rendering certain kinds of code, such as HTML5. Apple is adding GPU rendering to the Windows version after the fact but has the advantage of a finished release where IE9 is still early in development and is unlikely to be ready in a finished form this year.

The test also didn't address other issues, such as support for web standards or the rendering speed for features like JavaScript, where Internet Explorer has usually trailed nearly all other modern browsers.

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  1. SierraDragon

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    Joined: Mar 2004

    +9

    Yawn...

    Who cares what IE does? MS is like a dying star, still huge and will be around forever, but nevertheless dying. Folks stuck on MS will use IE and the rest of the world will choose other browsers as time goes on and platforms (especially mobile platforms like phones and tablets) evolve. One sure thing is that IE market share over time will continue to shrink.

  1. wg45678

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    Joined: Jun 2009

    +7

    Again, vaporware triumphs...

    Once again, vaporware (or at least software not publicly released) triumphs software publicly released, in limited tests connived by the software's creator. Typical Microsoft FUD.

  1. jarod

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    +5

    ZZZZZZZZZZ

    Go stuff your face elsewhere monkey boy Ballmer. No one's listening!

  1. mytdave

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    +8

    Need unbiased evidence

    If MS will release a test version of IE9 to a 3rd party for evaluation, then maybe they could have a credible argument. And it is possible that on Windows IE9 could have a GPU rendering edge - cause M$ will let IE use proprietary hooks into DirectX to offload graphics, whereas Safari 5 probably tries to stay true to its roots and uses OpenGL, which as we know, doesn't get equal treatment in Windows.

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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Need unbiased evidence


    If MS will release a test version of IE9 to a 3rd party for evaluation, then maybe they could have a credible argument. And it is possible that on Windows IE9 could have a GPU rendering edge - cause M$ will let IE use proprietary hooks into DirectX to offload graphics, whereas Safari 5 probably tries to stay true to its roots and uses OpenGL, which as we know, doesn't get equal treatment in Windows.


    Yeah, that's it. I'm sure Apple would never use direct hooks into it's OS to gain an advantage or improve speed. All their applications always use the same public API that third-parties have to use.

    And you do realize that DirectX is just a video framework to offload work to the video, just like Quartz Extreme (except without the toy nickname) and Core Video, so Apple has the same capabilities in their OS, with the same access to proprietary APIs that MS has in Windows.

    And Apple hasn't used OpenGL in years. Where the h*** have you been?

  1. Okonomiyaki

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    +3

    Awesome!

    Now hurry up and actually ship it so I can start ignoring it properly.

  1. mqualben

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    +6

    Windows XP does Safari 5 but not IE 9

    Despite the hype that MS is already trumpeting for IE 9, it will be interesting to see how slowly IE 9 gets adopted compared to previous versions, given IE 9 won't run on Windows XP (which turns 10 next year, is as old as OS-X 10.0 Cheetah but still has over 50% global market share).

  1. Stuke

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    Joined: Feb 2005

    +7

    So, I need Silverlight to...

    ...see the comparison of how IE is better than Safari, which needs no additional stuff. Hmmm.

  1. robttwo

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    Joined: Nov 2005

    +4

    LOL

    "silverlight needed" --

  1. thedude

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    Joined: Jan 2006

    0

    Funny thing

    On my mac book pro 3 years old safari5 is faster in all the tests than ie9 in the video, I would hate to compare the performance against a mac pro with a dual quad core. It would be more impressive if the video was showing IE9 on say the mac, as safari on windows is still pretty fast considering it was not initially designed for Windows.

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