PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: foreach vs. while (list)

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "foreach" was the faster by 0.0423 seconds, (4.672% faster)

foreach 100%
while (list) 95.328%

The foreach test took 0.8635 seconds.
The while (list) test took 0.9058 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 199,823 loops for a total of 3,996,460 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000011) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (2.116) milliseconds per 199,823 loops.
  • Total difference 42.32 milliseconds for 3,996,460 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.8298) milliseconds and Code 2 was (3.5086) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "foreach", was:

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

The second test, "while (list)", was:

while (list(, $v) = each($GLOBALS['dummy']))
	$v[0] + 1;

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (