PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: integer vs. string keys

Note that integers are being accessed as integers, strings as strings. This is not testing auto-casting, just which is faster when used consistently.

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Historical Results

Based on (3) saved test runs, The test labeled "integer" was (on average) the faster by 0.0112 seconds, (1.895% faster)

integer 100%
string 98.105%

The integer test took 0.5777 seconds.
The string test took 0.5889 seconds.

Nitty-Gritty

Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 141,049 loops for a total of 2,820,980 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000004) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 141,049 loops.
  • Total difference 11.16 milliseconds for 2,820,980 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (0.0000) milliseconds and Code 2 was (0.0000) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.

Code

The first test, "integer", was:

$GLOBALS['dummy_i'][42] = 1;
$GLOBALS['dummy_i'][43] = 1;

$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = $GLOBALS['dummy_i'][42];
$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = $GLOBALS['dummy_i'][43];

unset($GLOBALS['dummy_i'][42]);
unset($GLOBALS['dummy_i'][43]);

The second test, "string", was:

$GLOBALS['dummy_s']['s42'] = 1;
$GLOBALS['dummy_s']['s43'] = 1;

$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = $GLOBALS['dummy_s']['s42'];
$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = $GLOBALS['dummy_s']['s43'];

unset($GLOBALS['dummy_s']['s42']);
unset($GLOBALS['dummy_s']['s43']);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (7.2.25-1+ubuntu16.04.1+deb.sury.org+1)