PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: array_merge vs. + (string keys)

Semantically, array_merge() and + are identical when the arrays contain string keys.

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Result: Saved

The test labeled "array_merge()" was the faster by 0.0094 seconds, (1.550% faster)

array_merge() 100%
add operator 98.45%

The array_merge() test took 0.5995 seconds.
The add operator test took 0.6089 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 141,783 loops for a total of 2,835,660 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000003) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.472) milliseconds per 141,783 loops.
  • Total difference 9.44 milliseconds for 2,835,660 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.3005) milliseconds and Code 2 was (2.2227) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "array_merge()", was:

$array = array_merge($GLOBALS['dummy1'], $GLOBALS['dummy2'], $GLOBALS['dummy3']);

The second test, "add operator", was:

$array = $GLOBALS['dummy1'] + $GLOBALS['dummy2'] + $GLOBALS['dummy3'];

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (