I’m always excited any time WebPagetest announces a new feature, and the recent announcement of the experimental new Chrome feature is no exception. At the risk of being labelled “that guy who runs a bunch of tests every time a new performance measurement tool comes out,” I… well… I ran a bunch of tests.
The test subjects were some of the winners of Gomez’s “Best of the Web” performance awards. I wanted to see how they performed across all of WPT’s current browsers, from the Dulles, VA, location. Here are the results of a simple load time test:
No big surprises or inexplicable anomalies here. For example, when I looked at the waterfalls for the sites that seemed to perform better in Internet Explorer 7 than they did in Chrome, the issues seemed to be code-related, not test-related.
Overall, the Chrome tests worked great, albeit in a currently limited capacity. (Right now, these are a few of the features that are not yet active: optimization checks, HTTPS, SPDY, content blocking, and above the fold time.) As Patrick Meenan notes in his announcement on the WPT forums, the new Chrome feature is “still very much in development, but I think it’s far enough along to be valuable and to start collecting feedback from you guys.”
All in all, this is a great new development — the first milestone in the three-stage roadmap that Pat announced in January. I’m looking forward to the launch of the Firefox and Android tests.