PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: foreach reference reading

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "non-referenced" was the faster by 0.1129 seconds, (8.235% faster)

non-referenced 100%
referenced 91.765%

The non-referenced test took 1.2578 seconds.
The referenced test took 1.3706 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 272,269 loops for a total of 5,445,380 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000021) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (5.644) milliseconds per 272,269 loops.
  • Total difference 112.87 milliseconds for 5,445,380 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (7.0410) milliseconds and Code 2 was (11.0582) 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 (