Kestrel is apparently really, really fast

So says Non-Troppo in his brand spanking new browser speed test. And who am I to argue with him? 🙂


Across the board, Opera Kestrel is already significantly faster than Opera Merlin, and generally out-performs all other browsers tested. Some results, like the full javascript raytracer show that under heavy loads, Opera Kestrel is much more stable and memory efficient. This is important, because Opera uses the same core for all devices, from mobile phones to games consoles to desktop computers. Having a highly efficient core makes for much lower resource consumption and better scaling across devices. Opera Kestrel appears to have set new benchmarks for performance in rendering speed.

For Mac users, there is also encouraging signs that Opera Kestrel on the Mac is close to parity (and even faster in some cases) to the Windows version.