Opera 10.50 Unveiled: Opera Is Once Again the Fastest Browser on Earth

Opera Browser Earlier today Opera Software released the official 10.5 pre-alpha. I had covered the leaked release, couple of days ago. This build is essentially the same with one major difference – Carakan (Opera’s new JavaScript rendering engine). They had promised us speed and that’s what we got. If you to learn more about the new features head over to Techie-Buzz. But, if you are interested in some benchmarks stick along and enjoy the ride.

I started off with the V8 Benchmark Suite since it was the fastest. I ran the test thrice on each of the browsers and used the average. The results were quire pleasing.


Chrome still won but Opera managed to outperform Firefox and Safari. But this test is developed by the folks behind Chrome, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Chrome performs well in it.

The next test I tried was Sunspider. I dropped non-competitors like Opera 10.20 and Internet Explorer 8 to save some time.


Once again Firefox wasn’t even close to the other browsers. Opera was the best performer here, followed by Safari.

Finally, I went for Peacekeeper. Due to some odd reason, the test just refused to run on Firefox 3.6 Beta 5. I tried thrice and ended up getting the same error. But its rather unlikely that Firefox would have been able to make a difference anyway. So here are the results:


Opera winning once again. So, in 2/3 tests Opera managed to outperform Chrome. Opera has always had a snappy rendering engine and thanks to a super fast ECMAScript/JavaScript engine Opera is the fastest browser on earth – once again. Congratulations to Opera on regaining the throne.

Download Opera 10.50 (pre-alpha): Windows Mac
License: Freeware
[This build has several known issues and is intended only for testing]

Note: Builds used for testing are: Opera 10.20 Alpha 1, Opera 10.50 Pre-Alpha, Firefox 3.6 Beta 5, Safari 4.0.4, Chrome and Internet Explorer 8.

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55 Responses to Opera 10.50 Unveiled: Opera Is Once Again the Fastest Browser on Earth

  1. DoubleD December 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    Hmmm… yet another unstable browser alpha. 10.50 introduced localStorage too! 😀

  2. Navjot Singh December 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    Your love for Opera never seems to lessen. Btw in the first screenshot, you tested with IE 9? Internal Leak? LOL. Pls fix it.

    And Chrome’s latest version is so do test that too…maybe it may make diff.

    And how did u got those less than 1000 value in score in first test? I tried the same test thrice on Chrome, took avg and arrived at 3296! Much larger than what u got.

    For second test, Chrome 4.0.266 gives 526.6ms – lower than any other value.

    For third test, Chrome gives 3279 again outerperforming Opera.

    Btw, don’t include third test in your results because instead of measuring browser performance alone, it clubs it with your system’s power too which can differ with each PC.

    • Pallab December 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

      Yeah. That IE9 thing was a good up. I already fixed it.
      I doubt, that a minor build no. is going to make much of a diference in performance.
      My scores are lower because of slower net+laptop’s processing power.
      Your system’s capabilities will impact Sunspider also. But, the tests generally scale in a similar manner so from browser to browser the test results will be valid.

    • 3po December 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

      Wow, Navjot, are you a bit of an anti-Opera dude?

      • Navjot Singh December 23, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

        Nope…I am not anti-Opera, infact when some webpages load very slowly in other browsers, I open them in Opera and found improvement in Speed. But I hate the fact that even after so many years, Opera did not implement any full blown extension support. I don’t find myself comfortable in Opera to make my default browser.

        • invent00r December 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

          And many many more years will go by and Opera will not implement extensions.

          And I’m glad it won’t because it doesn’t need one.

          • Navjot Singh December 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

            Will Opera help me migrate my 1700+ Passcards from FF? Nope…Opera does need extensions. I can’t just start remembering or feeding every of my 1700+ password combi in Opera without some support for Roboform built in.

          • Pallab December 26, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

            I agree with Navjot on this. If you don’t like extensions, then thats fine. No one is forcing to install them. But, extensions will help a lot of people out.
            I won’t ramble about extensions over here again, since I have already written about it in the past.

  3. Jayce December 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    Does Opera has lot of add-on like Firefox?
    .-= Jayce´s last blog ..How to hack Facebook account profile =-.

  4. Buster December 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    There are lots of built-in features in Opera which are available only with add-on in firefox. Check this page to find answer “How can I change my Firefox into Opera?” question.

    http://www.scss.com.au/family/andrew/opera/firefox/ It is written with old version.

    If you can see link, try searching “Opera vs Firefox”. Choose yours.

  5. Pubudu Kodikara December 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    All hail opera! i like Opera cause of its pack of features!
    .-= Pubudu Kodikara´s last blog ..The Only Reliable Download Accelerator For Linux =-.

  6. C4 December 23, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    You’re not even using the latest Chrome. Opera 10.50 isn’t that fast compared to the latest Chrome.

    AppleWebKit/532.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/532.8

    • 3po December 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

      “Opera 10.50 isn’t that fast compared to the latest Chrome.”

      Why, actually it is.

  7. Alex December 23, 2009 at 3:18 am #

    Do you make a benchmarking without giving us your pc’s characteristics???

    In new opera did they find the autosuggesting feature?

    • Pallab December 23, 2009 at 11:44 am #

      Nope. Opera doesn’t have any form filler.

      • Valis December 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

        Hmm, what’s Preferences -> Forms then?

        • Pallab December 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

          If you enter data over there, Opera will suggest stuff while you start typing. But, it doesn’t automatically fill forms like Roboform or LastPass.

          • Nao January 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

            Ever used the Magic Wand? Not only does it automatically fill in the form for you, but it also submits it… All in one click.
            .-= Nao´s last blog ..Junk-Food : Format XXL et avis XXL =-.

          • Pallab January 8, 2010 at 10:51 am #

            @Nao: Yes, I have used it. Don’t worry, I have been using Opera for more than half a decade.

            Wand is a password manager not a form filler. For example go to any forum and click on the register link. Now click on wand. The only field it will fill is email. Now do the same thing on Fx or IE with Roboform or Lastpass. Everything other than the password and captcha will be filled for you.

  8. Newtown December 23, 2009 at 3:25 am #

    Sorry, the WebKit nightlies are still faster than O 10.5:


    WebKit is at least 25% faster than 10.5 on all the tests you’ve listed. That said, so what if Opera is not the fastest browser on earth, it’s better than it was, and that is to be applauded.

    • Adrian December 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

      webkit is a layout engine. Opera, Chrome, Safari are the browsers.
      Opera is still beating Chrome and Safari with their latest build.
      And this is just a pre-alpha, the full power of Opera hasn’t been optimized yet.

    • 3po December 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

      Actually, Opera 10.5 is still faster than the bleeding edge Chromium and all that,

  9. james December 23, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    i love opera but the only think that stops me from using it as my primary browser is its lack of addons

  10. Fred December 23, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    ohhh come on!!!
    Safari 3.0.4??? please use 4.0.4 and you will see the difference.

    The default Safari is 4.0.4 for Snow Leopard, and has been updated on 10.4 and 10.5

    At least use the latest nightly build of Webkit, which might be even faster than Safari and who knows faster then Opera.

    I love Opera by the way, it’s beautiful and FAST! love it.

    • Pallab December 23, 2009 at 11:42 am #

      I did not use Safari 3.0.4, I used 4.0.4.

      • Fred December 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

        sorry, my bad, did you update the “note” after, or did I read wrong.

        Thanks for the benchmarks.

        anyone tried Firefox 3.6alpha ?
        .-= Fred´s last blog ..Really checking the content-type/mime_type of a file in OSX and Linux =-.

        • Pallab December 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

          Yeah, I used Fx 3.6 beta 5. Weirdly enough, it couldn’t complete the Peacekeeper bench. I tried thrice and it returned an error in the end on all the occasions.

          I might give the webkit nightlies if I have time later on.

          Btw, Betanews seems to have tried everything they could find (nightlies, beta, alpha) and here are the results.

  11. Bogdan December 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    It’s very cool what Opera is doing and I totally agree that it is fast indeed. But I must say I see one hole in your judgement: you are comparing Opera Alpha with Chrome Beta. I would’ve compared with the latest Chrome dev for more relevancy.
    .-= Bogdan´s last blog ..Perpetuum imobiliaris =-.

    • 3po December 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

      Even the latest Chrome dev is destroyed by 10.5.

  12. Amal Roy December 26, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    I am using opera pre alpha 10.5 it is certainly very fast but it often crashes on opening some websites. Waiting forthe final build to land. Thanks Pallb for the info.

  13. S.Pradeep Kumar December 28, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    I’m not into Opera much. But I use Opera Unite frequently. It is shocking to see Opera overtook other leading popular browsers. Nice sharing buddy! :)
    .-= S.Pradeep Kumar´s last blog ..5 Ways To Show Related Posts On Your Blog =-.

  14. Lorin January 3, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    I’ve tested it on my computer, and works fine so far. I can’t wait for the final version :)
    .-= Lorin´s last blog ..Opera 10.05 pre-alpha is available for download. =-.

  15. 3rdbrain January 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I would quickly ask a question ‘what about the latest final version? is it fast enough than FF3 and Chrome !! Need to use it on my netbook.

    • Pallab January 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

      9,1’s Js rendering isnt as fast as Chrome or Fx, but overall it is quite fast.

  16. Jonny January 7, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Nice comparison Pallab, I was just telling Rarst that I may have to give Opera another go …again! Common browser experience

  17. Jim D January 7, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    Opera 10.5 blows the doors off of Chrome beta and beats the nightly Chromium by about a 10% margin. Firefox 3.5, 3.6 and Minefield are like the mexican mice on siesta – still the best extensions around though and as always NoScript. Bests Iron by about 20% also.

    If you use LastPass on Chrome or Firefox there is a bookmarklet for Opera but I can’t get it yet on 10.5. Opera needs to address password migration it is a sore point with me also.

    Looking forward to the builds as they come out.

    • Pallab January 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

      Yep. Migrating passwords is a big problem in Opera.

  18. Jonny January 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    I can’t use Opera full time because of the password migration issue…..as much as I’d love to. It has a very clean interface like chrome and doesn’t suffer the bloatedness of Firefox.

    I think I want too much….
    1. Extentions and pass management of firefox (esp. Noscript)
    2. Clean speed and screen size of chrome.
    3. Grown up polishedness (bad verb) of opera.

  19. fred January 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    why don’t you just add the passwords from firefox to Opera one by one as needed.

    I can believe you may have 20-100 passwords. but you don’t need to spend all day adding one by one.

    just like what I do, when I visit a site that needs my password, I just go to firefox and copy paste it to opera as needed. Opera will remember it then.

    and if you have many computers, Opera sync offers password sync right?

    • Pallab January 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

      Yes, Opera does offer sync (Opera Link) but that doesn’t include passwords. Even the solution you described isn’t ideal and in fact quite cumbersome.

  20. Daniel15 January 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Wow, I didn’t know about this alpha! I’ve been using Opera for years now (started using it when version 6 came out), and I’ll definitely have to try this version 😀

  21. thing March 3, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Check out the campaign of the new browser!



    • Pallab De March 3, 2010 at 12:31 am #

      I have already seen it (found it through Haavard’s tweet). Pretty hilarious.

  22. Glenn March 4, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    People lie if they claim Chrome Outperforms Opera is liers. Opera is supported by international benchmarks done in the correct way… Chrome outperforms opera only in areas where Chrome has spesialized in “Eg. Tests made by Google or special codecs for google sites” etc

  23. Glenn March 4, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    Kinda sad seeing MS own browser IE being outperformed that hard seeing IE is the one off the oldest Browsers ran by one of the richest companys, specialising in just these fields…. If they focused.. and combined, Operas Speed, with FF security ” or who ever have the best” with Opera similar skin, it could really become world leading, ofc it is atm but thats because people really dont know anything

  24. fortis March 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    FF was great for surfing the web circa 2005 and 6. But 10.50 gives us way to many tools chrome and FF dont have. I can use the intergrated bit torrent while my opera unite is on, and a friend wants to grab a movie, i have turbo on because of all the bandwidth being used, my email is on lowbandwidth mode on my laptop in the office of my restaurant grabbing wi-fi next door, all the while using have the memory from an open yet idle FF or chrome browser. The integrated email is sent to my blackberry at astonishing speed like txts do, where i can open a link with opera mini 5< and download from my own opera unite server to find a song.

    i dont see where any other browser can be appreciated as a tool any more. OPERA 10.50 is a cut above …

  25. Nimit kashyap May 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    I didnt know that opera is the fastest browser, will try it now.
    .-= Nimit kashyap´s last blog ..Best Things To Sell On eBay =-.

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  27. Dodge Neon SRT4 February 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    It’s True. I downloaded the latest Opera. It is excellent One Man. My Browsing Speed has improved a lot.

  28. Gazz April 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Nice one, sounds good, thanks.


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