PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: define constants vs. variables

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "variables" was the faster by 0.0165 seconds, (3.662% faster)

variables 100%
constants 96.338%

The variables test took 0.4344 seconds.
The constants test took 0.4509 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 115,944 loops for a total of 2,318,880 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000007) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.826) milliseconds per 115,944 loops.
  • Total difference 16.51 milliseconds for 2,318,880 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.7040) milliseconds and Code 2 was (1.3142) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "constants", was:

define('CONSTANT' . $GLOBALS['i'], $GLOBALS['x'] . $GLOBALS['y'] . $GLOBALS['z']);

The second test, "variables", was:


Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (