PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: in_array vs. key

Is it faster to use a key to lookup (in arrays with many values), or in_array?

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Historical Results

Based on (3) saved test runs, The test labeled "in_array()" was (on average) the faster by 0.0175 seconds, (1.935% faster)

in_array() 100%
key 98.065%

The in_array() test took 0.8861 seconds.
The key test took 0.9036 seconds.

Nitty-Gritty

Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 215,172 loops for a total of 4,303,440 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000004) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 215,172 loops.
  • Total difference 17.48 milliseconds for 4,303,440 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, "in_array()", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 10; $i++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = in_array($i * 20, $GLOBALS['dummy']);

The second test, "key", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 10; $i++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy2'] = isset($GLOBALS['dummy'][$i * 20]);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (7.2.15-1+ubuntu16.04.1+deb.sury.org+1)