Google's new Chrome 3.0 is the fastest of the top five Windows browsers, and beats every rival, including Apple's Safari, by comfortable margins, benchmark tests show.
Both Chrome and Safari use the open-source WebKit browser engine.
Only Microsoft has disparaged such benchmarks, calling them nothing more than a "browser drag race" that doesn't accurately portray real-world use. Instead, Microsoft has used download tests of the 25 most popular Web destinations to claim IE8 is actually faster than Firefox or Chrome where it counts.
Although Chrome is the fastest browser for Windows, its usage share last month was just 3%, a small fraction of the 67% held by all versions of IE. Firefox, Safari and Opera, meanwhile, accounted for 23%, 4% and 2%, respectively, according to Net Applications' August data.
Google has yet to ship stable versions of Chrome for Mac and Linux. The Mac version -- the latest is 18.104.22.168 -- has remained in Google's "dev" channel since June, indicating its not yet ready for official beta testing.
Chrome 3.0 for Windows can be downloaded from Google's Web site.