AWOW AK41 - Web Browsers

AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Web Browsing – Week 6

Last Updated on March 24, 2022


I’ve run a few benchmarks on the web browsers.

The vast majority of websites use JavaScript. It helps web developers to make web pages dynamic and interactive, use cross-platform runtime engines, and help to make web pages look attractive whatever the device, platform, or browser.

Octane 2.0 is a benchmark that measures a JavaScript engine’s performance by running a suite of 17 tests representative of certain use cases in JavaScript applications.

AWOW AK41 - Octane

As the chart above indicates, Firefox performs significantly worse than the other three web browsers.

Octane is retired and no longer maintained, in part because higher scores on Octane translated into increasingly-marginal improvements in the performance of web pages. It also didn’t adequately capture use cases, and results were manipulated by some web browser developers.

Kraken is a JavaScript performance benchmark created by Mozilla that measures the speed of several different test cases extracted from real-world applications and libraries. It’s an implementation of the A* search algorithm, audio processing using the DSP.js library, image filtering routines, JSON parsing, and cryptographic routines.

AWOW AK41 - Kraken

The results of the Kraken benchmark are shown above. These test cases indicate there’s no significant difference between the web browsers.

Next page: Page 4 – Summary

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Memory Usage / General Web Browsing / Email
Page 2 – Video
Page 3 – Benchmarks
Page 4 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Week 11Video consoles: SNES emulation
Week 10Running TeamViewer with AWOW AK41 as the host
Week 9Astronomy on the AK41 including Celestia, Stellarium, Skychart, and more
Week 8Recording video with OBS Studio
Week 7Home computer emulators: FS-UAE, ZEsaurUX, Hatari, Clock Signal
Week 6Web browsing with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi
Week 5Gaming: SuperTuxKart, AwesomeNauts, Retrocycles, Robocraft, DOTA 2, and more
Week 4Run multiple operating systems on the AK41
Week 3Video and audio playback looking at hardware acceleration
Week 2Benchmarking the AK41 with 3 other low power machines
Week 1Introduction to the series including wiping Windows and installing Manjaro

This blog is written on the AWOW AK41 Mini PC.

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