The Four Mac Browser Benchmark Tests
The Test Procedure
We'll be using the 2010 edition of the Mac Pro, configured with a 6-Core 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon Westmere processor and 6 GB of RAM for the testing. The only applications that will be running at the time of the testing are the browser and TextEdit, for taking notes before and after each test. The browser will always be the front most application.
Before each test, we reboot the Mac and launch the web browser and Text Edit. This ensures that the web browser doesn't contain any cached information in its local memory or on disk.
With the exception of the Acid3 test, each test is performed three times; the final result is an average of the tests. In the case of Acid3, the test is only performed once, because it's essentially a pass/fail test, rather than a test that measures performance.