One gained insight is that for typical websites the speed it takes to start running script is more important than peak performance, which previous benchmarks like Octane were geared towards.
While peak performance benefits certain types of large web applications, it does not apply to the majority. As a result of optimizing V8 for startup times, mean page load times between Chrome 49 from March 2016 and Chrome 56 earlier this year fell by 10-20% depending on the CPU architecture.
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