PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: foreach reference reading

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "referenced" was the faster by 0.0136 seconds, (1.559% faster)

referenced 100%
non-referenced 98.441%

The referenced test took 0.8613 seconds.
The non-referenced test took 0.875 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 198,876 loops for a total of 3,977,520 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000003) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (0.682) milliseconds per 198,876 loops.
  • Total difference 13.64 milliseconds for 3,977,520 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.1561) milliseconds and Code 2 was (1.5891) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "non-referenced", was:

foreach ($GLOBALS['dummy'] as $k => $v)
	$v[0] + 1;

The second test, "referenced", was:

foreach ($GLOBALS['dummy'] as $k => &$v)
	$v[0] + 1;

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (