RoboHornet is something that was perhaps missing to most benchmarking addicts out there. Unlike any browser testing software we have tested, this one was developed by a committee formed by representatives of many companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Mozilla offering honest results and without being influenced by any of the names listed previously.
Besides being an independent benchmarking program for browsers, RoboHornet comes with plenty of note-worthy features, integrated deeply in a series of tests which take a few minutes to complete. The end result is a careful analysis of most elements and helps the user contour an objective idea of what the browser is truly capable of.
RoboHornet gives untouched scores
Most browsing benchmarks were developed by companies that own their browser, so it’s a bit hard not to think if the final results have been somewhat modified to favor their own product, instead of others. For example, Mozilla has Kraken, Google has Octane and the list continues. Although there are 3rd party benchmarks out there, such as SunSpider, they often analyze only a certain component of the package and not the whole bundle.
RoboHornet bypasses classical predicaments and using a series of tests, which can be customized according to the user’s desire by excluding some elements out the algorithm. The actual score is obtained by comparing the performance achieved by a regular browser on a regular hardware, which is set at the standard mark of 100. Everything above means that the current browser is better, anything below means worse.
To test a certain browser all you have to do is access the official website, choose the benchmarking options found at the bottom of the page and hit the upper-right RUN button. After a few minutes of testing, RoboHornet will have analyzed the following elements:
- Java scripts
- CSS elements
- Mathematical calculations
The end results reflect the browser performance on the machine currently running the test, implying the hardware resources and the operating system used, so this is not a general analysis of multiple browsers.
Update: After testing RoboHornet for ourselves with a couple of the most well-used browsers, Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Internet explorer, we’ve captured the following results. It’s worth noting that the tests took a bit more while than we were expecting (an average of 10 minutes per test), but this is mostly due to my hardware configuration: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.1 GHz, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, NVIDIA 8400M with 256MB of RAM and of course, Windows 7 Ultimate.
Firefox 15.0,1 : 115.32
Chrome 22.0.1229.79 : 112.67
Internet explorer 9 : 103.60
Opera 12.02 : 99.83
Firefox 15 scores over Chrome 22. Pretty interesting isn’t it?