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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Historical Results

Based on (2) saved test runs, The test labeled "(array)" was (on average) the faster by 0.0314 seconds, (3.678% faster)

(array) 100%
array() 96.322%

The (array) test took 0.8234 seconds.
The array() test took 0.8548 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 211,053 loops for a total of 4,221,060 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000007) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 211,053 loops.
  • Total difference 31.44 milliseconds for 4,221,060 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.


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 (