I have been using Edge Browser ever since Microsoft released its beta version of the Edge browser based on chromium. And I always wondered how it would compete with other browsers in the market which are already performing well.
Since Microsoft Edge was still in the beta version, so there was no point in comparing it with other popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox even though I didn’t face any issue while browsing.
And then on January 15, finally a stable version of the Edge browser based on Chromium was released. Ever since that day, Edge has become my default browser to see how it performs on day-to-day usage.
The last time I tested and compared Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox was in February 2020 and now I am testing again in June 2020. Also at the end of the article, I have compared the result with the February month result.
Things I have covered:
- Basemark Web 3.0
- JetStream 2.0
- MotionMark 1.1
- Speedometer 2.0
- Octane 2.0
- Real-time Test
- Overall Results (February 2020)
- Overall Results (June 2020)
- So which browser to choose?
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In this test, I have used HP Pavilion 15 laptop with Intel i5-4200U, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB Hard Disk. Also, I have disabled all the extensions on all three browsers so that that they don’t interfere in the benchmark testing. Do note that your computer might show different benchmark scores for different browsers as it depends on system configuration.
Edge vs. Chrome vs. Firefox: Benchmark Test
Basemark Web 3.0
Basemark is a benchmark testing tool that is used for testing web browser performance based on various factors.
Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 374.15
Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 364.2
Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 250.29
As you can see, Edge has scored slightly higher than the chrome browser, whereas Firefox performed poorly in the Basemark Web 3.0 test.
Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0 Score: 60.898
Google Chrome JetStream 2.0 Score: 64.603
Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0 Score: 53.142
Here, Chrome has outperformed both Edge and Firefox, and in this test also Firefox score was low.
MotionMark is a graphics benchmark that will test how capable your browser is while handling complex scenes at a target frame rate.
Microsoft Edge MotionMark 1.1 Score: 119.20
Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1 Score: 160.63
Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1 Score: 100.39
Here also Chrome has scored much higher than Edge and Firefox
The speedometer is another benchmark tool that measures the responsiveness of Web applications by repeating the same actions using DOM APIs.
Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0 Score: 51.3
Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0 Score: 51.9
Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0 Score: 44.6
As you can see, Chrome was able to execute the same task slightly better than Edge, and in this test also Firefox came last.
Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score: 19428
Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score: 20730
Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score: 18511
Again the winner here is Chrome and Edge came at 2nd position.
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Well, in the benchmark test it was not clear who was the real winner since both the Edge browser and Chrome browser scores were so close to each other. So I decided to open a few Tabs on all three browsers and use Windows 10 taskbar to see how much RAM and CPU resources they were consuming.
1 Tab Open
In this test, I opened one random website, and this was the result.
As you can see, Microsoft Edge consumed less memory compare to both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
5 Tabs Open
Now from here onwards things about to get interesting. I opened 5 popular websites (like YouTube, Amazon, Flipkart, and so on) and just look at the result.
As you can see now, Edge takes the lead from here also and Firefox, as usual, was not performing well.
10 Tabs Open
Now, let’s open 10 websites and see how these browsers perform.
Here also Microsoft Edge is the winner and this time Mozilla Firefox performed slightly better whereas as Google Chrome came at last
1 Tab Open (Extensions Enabled)
Now I decided to see how these browsers will perform when extensions are enabled. I installed 5 popular extensions and here’s what I found.
You will hardly see any difference in Chrome and Firefox’s RAM consumptions whereas Edge again consumed less memory.
Well, in this real-time test I can say that Google Chrome was the clear winner here. It was consuming less memory with or without Extension. Whereas Microsoft Edge was not far behind from Chrome, it did a pretty decent job.
You might be confused now that in the benchmark test chrome outperformed edge in every way and suddenly in windows 10’s taskbar it is showing edge consuming less RAM. Well, there are many factors involved in the benchmark test so I can’t exactly say which one is correct.
But one thing is for sure, the day when I stopped using chrome and started using edge as my default browser, my laptop’s temperature stayed low most of the time and I started to feel it is becoming fast and smooth with every update. So maybe you can check for yourself to see any difference.
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Now enough with Benchmark and Speed test lets see which browser is more customizable.
There are many people (including me) for whom the looks of the browser also matter. If I compare these three browsers in their default UI, I would go with Microsoft Edge. Its UI is clean, all buttons are well placed and you can also have a variety of customization available for the new tab page layout. Whereas Chrome and Firefox also have clean UI and buttons are also well placed but you can’t customize the new tab layout by default.
But when it comes to customizing the overall UI of the browser, there is no doubt Chrome and Firefox are the best. Their stores have thousands of themes available and you can get almost any theme you want. Sadly, this is one thing the Edge browser lacks behind despite being built on Chromium.
So if you are looking for a clean UI with a built-in customization option, then the Edge browser would be best for you. But if you want to change the overall looks of the browser, then Chrome and Mozilla are the best options.
Extensions are one of the most important parts of the browser. And the good thing is that all three browsers have plenty of Extensions on their Stores. Microsoft Store has a limited amount of extension in its stores, but you can install extensions from Chrome web stores. So here I will choose Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as the winner.
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Overall Results (February 2020)
|Basemark Web 3.0||283.24||298.51||200.93|
|1 Tab Open||X|
|5 Tabs Open||X|
|10 Tabs Open||X|
|1 Tab Open|
Overall Results (June 2020)
|Basemark Web 3.0||374.15||364.2||250.29|
|1 Tab Open||X|
|5 Tabs Open||X|
|10 Tabs Open||X|
|1 Tab Open|
Google Chrome is still the king in the desktop browser in terms of browser market share. Thanks to its wide variety of extensions, themes, and features available. Whereas Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is still new but it is starting to gain market share. Also on the internet, you will see many tech geeks are praising the edge browser. And with every new update, the browser is using fewer resources and becoming more feature-rich.
It was a good decision made by Microsoft for switching to Chromium. Like Firefox, they are also concentrating on protecting the user’s privacy by blocking trackers. And I would love to see how well the Edge browser does in the future and what all the new features they will bring.
On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox also did well but was not as astonishing as Chrome and Edge. But when it comes to the user’s privacy and security, Firefox did well. And just like Chrome it also has a vast collection of extensions and themes.
So which browser to choose?
Well, it’s not like chrome is no longer a good browser, it is still doing best in most of the part. Also in February when I tested all these browsers, I was still not ready to leave chrome as my default browser but things have changed now. Edge browser has been my default browser for over 2 months and I have never looked back to chrome again.
The reasons are simple:
- Less RAM usage
- Clean Design
- Chrome Extension Support
- Privacy Protection
- Online Tracking Prevention
- Many useful features
Although it lacks one key feature that is cross-platform sync. That means your browsing history will not sync between smartphones, tablets, and PC. Personally, I don’t mind not having this feature since I use chrome on my phone. But for people who care about this feature will have to wait.
Well, this is the end of Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox comparison. I hope you find this article helpful. If you want to test any web browser, you can use these tools: