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 0.0041 seconds, (0.367% faster)

array() 100%
(array) 99.633%

The array() test took 1.1219 seconds.
The (array) test took 1.1261 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 290,867 loops for a total of 5,817,340 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000001) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.207) milliseconds per 290,867 loops.
  • Total difference 4.13 milliseconds for 5,817,340 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (4.6255) milliseconds and Code 2 was (3.3514) 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 (