In our previous blog, we shared performance results for the latest .NET Framework WPF datagrids. Now, we will compare how different datagrids perform in .NET 6.

We are committed to continuously looking for better strategies to improve the performance of every control we create. When we migrated FlexGrid to .NET 5, we redesigned some internal aspects to overcome some bottlenecks and take advantage of the new framework.

Recently, we migrated the .NET 5 FlexGrid to .NET 6, where it will receive support longer. In comparison to the one year of support for .NET 5, Microsoft will support .NET 6 for 3 years. Let’s see how the performance for .NET 6 is compared to .NET 5.

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.NET 6 Datagrids Tested

In this performance comparison, we looked at the following .NET 6 WPF datagrid controls:

We included the WinForms FlexGrid just to see how the desktop platforms compare with each other. The benchmark application has changed compared to the previous .NET Framework application in public APIs and namespaces. We used the latest trial versions of NuGet packages available for download as of December 2021.

Please note that Telerik only supports local NuGet packages and DevExpress has its own NuGet server. Other references can be updated from http://nuget.org/. Some vendors require you to request a trial license from the active account on their site.

Test Results

Initial Load Time

This benchmark creates a user control containing a tested datagrid, inserts it into a visual tree, and fills it with data. The test shows how long it takes to load a datagrid with data, including JIT compilation and XAML parsing. Here we see FlexGrid for WPF and WinForms is the best at initial load time:

initial

Batch Operations

These 2 benchmarks show the use case when 1,000 items are added to or removed from datagrid in a single batch operation. For some grids it's very time-consuming, so we only performed this test for 1,000 rows. Here we see FlexGrid is only outperformed by the Microsoft Datagrid:

batch

Reloading Data

This benchmark sets the datagrid's ItemsSource to null to clear both data and autogenerated columns and then sets ItemsSource again to reload data. Here we see once again that FlexGrid is the best for loading large data sets:

loading

Scrolling

Scrolling is an operation that every single user performs, so it's important to be fast and smooth. For the benchmark, we used methods that scroll some specific data rows into the view. All grids have some implementation for this.

scrolling

Note: FlexGrid for WPF and DevExpress GridControl have scrolling animations. For the sake of benchmarking, animations have been disabled.

Column Operations

The benchmarks for column operations were implemented by sorting, filtering, and grouping the underlying CollectionView. Here we see the WPF FlexGrid has very good performance:

operations

Note: FlexGrid for WPF and DevExpress GridControl have expanded group animations and some controls collapse groups by default. For the sake of benchmarking, animations have been disabled and all controls have been set to expand all groups.

The above images only show some of the results. You can get more numbers from links at the bottom or download benchmark source code and play with tests.

Testing Environment

The benchmarks were run on HP EliteOne 800 G5 All-in-One Desktop with next parameters:

  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz, 3.19 GHz
  • Installed RAM: 16.0 GB (15.8 GB usable)
  • Radeon: RX 560X Series, Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution
  • System type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
  • Edition: Windows 10 Pro Version 20H2

All grids were set to equal size, the default appearance, and similar options about column sizing, grouping, etc. The attached test application has changed compared with .Net Framework benchmarks in public APIs and namespaces.

Conclusion

Across the tests, we see how the .NET 6 FlexGrid for WPF stacks up against the competition. FlexGrid is one of the best WPF datagrids for loading large data sets, performing batch operations, and column operations. FlexGrid has average results for scrolling.

Please note that not all libraries used in this test were built for .NET 6:

  • DevExpress library targets .Net Core 3.0
  • Syncfusion and Infragistics libraries target .Net 5
  • C1Excel library, used for logging, targets .Net Framework 4.5.2

The good news is that all libraries work in .NET 6 environment regardless of targeted .NET Framework or .NET versions.
There is no Xceed datagrid for .NET 6, so they are excluded.

For a historical comparison, we shared similar performance comparisons in 2016 and 2017. Since then, we've updated the benchmark application for more accurate measuring. We also made code changes for some datagrids to reflect improvements in public APIs. You can find a more detailed description of individual tests and benchmark applications here:

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