innerHTML vs removeChild

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What's the fastest method to empty an element ?

Preparation code

<div id='box'>
</div>
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    var box = document.getElementById('box');
    box.innerHTML = 'sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>';
    var i = box.children.length;
};

Benchmark.prototype.teardown = function() {
    box.innerHTML = 'sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>s f</b>s df<p>df gsdfg sf g<b>'
};
</script>

Preparation code output

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removeChild
while (box.firstChild) {
  box.removeChild(box.firstChild);
}
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innerHTML
box.innerHTML = '';
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removeChild - reversed
while (box.lastChild) {
  box.removeChild(box.lastChild);
}
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Pre-cached while
while (--i >= 0) {
  box.removeChild(box.firstChild);
}
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Pre-cached nodes to remove
function removeChild(node) {
  if (node && node.parentNode) {
    node.parentNode.removeChild(node);
  }
  return this;
}

var childNodes = box.childNodes;
for (var node = 0, nodeCount = childNodes.length; node < nodeCount; node++) {
  removeChild(childNodes[node]);
}
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