Google introduced Chrome in part because it wants faster browsing and the richer Web applications that speed will unlock. So how does Chrome actually stack up?
But when pressed for specifics, he told me to try them out. So I did.
Here's the site description of the speed tests:
Richards: OS kernel simulation benchmark, originally written in BCPL by Martin Richards (539 lines).
DeltaBlue: One-way constraint solver, originally written in Smalltalk by John Maloney and Mario Wolczko (880 lines).
Crypto: Encryption and decryption benchmark based on code by Tom Wu (1,689 lines).
RayTrace: Ray tracer benchmark based on code by Adam Burmister (3,418 lines).
A few notes: First, your mileage may vary; I ran these tests on my dual-core Windows XP machine.
Second, my apologies here to Opera, whose browser I don't have installed.
Third, I tried to run the SunSpider benchmark tests as well, but perhaps because a lot of other curious people had the same idea on the day Chrome launched, I couldn't get to the site.