PHP Benchmarks

Performance comparison of PHP code alternatives.

Test: rand vs. array_rand (odd keys)

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Result: Discarded

The test labeled "rand()" was the faster by 0.0605 seconds, (6.759% faster)

rand() 100%
array_rand() 93.241%

The rand() test took 0.8353 seconds.
The array_rand() test took 0.8959 seconds.


Each test case ran 20 random code order iterations consisting of 200,253 loops for a total of 4,005,060 runs.

  • Line execution difference (0.000015) milliseconds.
  • Avg difference (3.027) milliseconds per 200,253 loops.
  • Total difference 60.55 milliseconds for 4,005,060 loops

The iteration variablity for Code 1 was (2.9869) milliseconds and Code 2 was (7.4913) milliseconds. The lower and the closer together there values are the more accurate the results are.


The first test, "rand()", was:

$keys = array_keys($GLOBALS['array']);
$key = rand(0, count($keys) - 1);
$GLOBALS['dummy'] = $GLOBALS['array'][$keys[$key]];

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

$key = array_rand($GLOBALS['array'], 1);
$GLOBALS['dummy'] = $GLOBALS['array'][$key];

Running: Linux (x86_64:1 GB) PHP (