PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: ord v. unpack (int keys)

This test uses the more normal unpack format syntax vs. manual ord() calls.

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Historical Results

Based on (3) saved test runs, The test labeled "ord()" was (on average) the faster by 0.014 seconds, (1.607% faster)

ord() 100%
unpack() 98.393%

The ord() test took 0.8559 seconds.
The unpack() test took 0.8699 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 214,737 loops for a total of 4,294,733 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000003) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.000) milliseconds per 214,737 loops.
  • Total difference 13.98 milliseconds for 4,294,733 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, "ord()", was:

$GLOBALS['dummy'] = array(
	0 => ord($GLOBALS['packed']{0}),
	1 => ord($GLOBALS['packed']{1}),
	2 => ord($GLOBALS['packed']{2}),
	3 => ord($GLOBALS['packed']{3}),

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

$GLOBALS['dummy'] = unpack('C4', $GLOBALS['packed']);

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (