PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: (array) vs. array

Does the (array) cast work better than the array() construct?

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "(array)" was the faster by 0.1038 seconds, (7.503% faster)

(array) 100%
array() 92.497%

The (array) test took 1.2792 seconds.
The array() test took 1.383 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 279,294 loops for a total of 5,585,880 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000019) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (5.188) milliseconds per 279,294 loops.
  • Total difference 103.77 milliseconds for 5,585,880 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (7.1191) milliseconds and Code 2 was (9.6678) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


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

for ($j = 0; $j < 1000; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = (array) $j;

The second test, "array()", was:

for ($j = 0; $j < 1000; $j++)
	$GLOBALS['dummy'] = array($j);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (