Monday, June 01, 2009

Firefox Speed Up Tip

The speed of loading up firefox was bugging me today. So I went and had a look at some methods to speed it up.

Came across the following tip on this page

'secret', I thought I would post it here

A tip how to make Firefox run faster. in the address bar type about:config.
Navigate to the following keys

set network.http.pipeling to true
set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true
set network.http.pipeling.maxrequests to at least 30
AND add an integer called nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set it to 0

This will significantly speed up firefox on a broadband connection

I have installed the tweaks and then spent the next four hours scientifically analyzing the performance increase. See the specifications of the test bed used and the performance numbers below:

Test Bed

I used an Intel Core i7-920 CPU for testing purposes, boosting its clock speed to 3.8 GHz in order to circumvent any potential CPU bottlenecks.

CPU Intel Core i7-920 Overclocked to 3.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58
Video Card ATI Radeon HD 4770
Video Drivers 9.4, 9.4 Beta for 4770
Hard Drive Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
RAM 6 x 1GB DDR3-1066 7-7-7-20
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1
PSU PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 1200W

After performing extensive testing with browser, FTP, multi-tabbed, multi-access, multi-threading, multi-everything. I have come to the conclusion that there is a significant performance increase that averages as follows:

Performance: - .0051 second DLT (Decrease in Load Time) - .0066 second DLT

Yes, these tweaks are DEFINITELY WORTH get to it.

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