PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: chr v. literal

How much worse is chr() than just a literal (if it's cleanly representable.)

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Historical Results

Based on (2) saved test runs, The test labeled "chr()" was (on average) the faster by 0.047 seconds, (5.243% faster)

chr() 100%
literal 94.757%

The chr() test took 0.85 seconds.
The literal test took 0.897 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 206,614 loops for a total of 4,132,270 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000011) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 206,614 loops.
  • Total difference 47.03 milliseconds for 4,132,270 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, "chr()", was:

$GLOBALS['dummy'] = chr(65);

The second test, "literal", was:

$GLOBALS['dummy'] = 'A';

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (