PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: arrays vs. variables

Not that using variables like this is good style, and array1 already mostly answers this.

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "$array[$n]" was the faster by 0.002 seconds, (0.252% faster)

$array[$n] 100%
${'array_' . $n} 99.748%

The $array[$n] test took 0.7748 seconds.
The ${'array_' . $n} test took 0.7768 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 164,724 loops for a total of 3,294,480 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000001) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.098) milliseconds per 164,724 loops.
  • Total difference 1.96 milliseconds for 3,294,480 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (5.9998) milliseconds and Code 2 was (7.5846) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "$array[$n]", was:

$array = array();
for ($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++)
	$array[$i] = $i;

The second test, "${'array_' . $n}", was:

for ($i = 0; $i < 100; $i++)
	${'array_' . $i} = $i;

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (