How Much Faster Is Konqueror With WebKit?

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Yesterday we wrote about how you can make WebKit default in Konqueror. We always knew that WebKit is going to make Konqueror faster; but how much faster? Today we test that by putting Konqueror with KHTML through the SunSpider JavaScript Test and the then do the same with WebKit. To get an idea of how fast they are compared to other browsers, we also decided to put Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 through the tests.

SunSpider JavaScript Test

As you can very clearly see, Konqueror with KHTML is more than eight times slower that that with Webkit. Surprisingly Konqueror with WebKit is also faster than Firefox 4.0 Beta 2. The difference does not seem much in the graph above but it is around 400ms which is quite a significant difference if you consider that Konqueror (WebKit) has a total time of around 1000ms.

V8 Benchmark