This article is about a software testing tool called Selenium. If you came here looking for a general performance comparison between Firefox and Chrome, you are in the wrong place!
Early on I had configured Selenium to use the Chrome driver, because Chrome has lower start-up times than Firefox.
That, it turned out now, had been a bad move: Since back then, my test suite had grown beyond negligible size, and now I discovered that while Chrome starts up a little faster, the Chrome driver is much much slower (it seems to have weird delays which underutilize the CPU). Compare the run times of my test suite in each browser (on Debian):
Chrome: 73 seconds
Firefox: 30 seconds
This is not a serious(tm) benchmark, but for now, the numbers are unambiguous. Firefox it is.
(Update Feb 13, 2011: This won’t be fixed, but the Chrome driver is being rewritten – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see a faster driver in a few months. With a good driver, Chrome might have a real shot at being the faster one of the two browsers.)
(Update Mar 22, 2011: It’s still the same in Selenium 2.0b3.)