TuneUp Utilities 2013 –
Detailed Benchmark Results
A guarantee for better performance and a clean PC
- Learn all about the performance benefits of TuneUp Utilities 2013
- Detailed benchmark results straight from our internal performance labs
- Lab tests are all performed according to Microsoft standards – you can even try them yourself!
TuneUp Live-Optimization 2.0
On a laptop running Windows® 8 (Core i7 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel HD 3000) our all-new Live Optimization 2.0 provided a great benefit: under full CPU load (100% usage, which we simulated using TuneUp CPU Stressor) it took a photo editing suite 12 seconds to launch. Once Live Optimization 2.0 was turned on and the resource balancing techniques in effect, the program needed no more than 8 seconds to load – despite the 100% CPU usage!
The effect that Live Optimization 2.0 has on PCs that are suffering from high CPU usage was even more noticeable when converting a short 1080p video clip (recorded with a Canon EOS 7D camera) into a more web-friendly SD format (AVI, DVD quality) using Freemake Video Converter. The conversion took a whopping 110 seconds under high-load – and just 14 seconds when Live Optimization 2.0 was activated!
Our test bed even struggled with the conversion of a short, one minute long, MP3 file using iTunes® when running under 100% CPU usage. iTunes needed more than 2 ½ minutes to complete the task. Once Live Optimization 2.0 was engaged, iTunes® was done in 4 seconds.
TuneUp Disk Cleaner 2013
Our lab testers used the new TuneUp disk cleaning features to check how many unnecessary files and gigabytes of data crud could be found on four very different test PCs. These results were compared with a competing product. On an Alienware® X51 gaming PC, TuneUp Utilities 2013 found more than 17 GB of unnecessary data crud, which amounted to about 48000 files. The competing product only detected 4.3 GB of unnecessary data on the same machine, which amounted to a total of 20000 files.
Even on a freshly-installed Windows® 8 PC, our optimization suite detected more than 11 GB of worthless data (total of 20000 files) that collected over the course of just a few days.
When compared to the previous version, TuneUp Utilities 2013 found over 6 times more system-clogging files. In total, version 2012 found 1569 unnecessary files while TuneUp Utilities 2013 detected and deleted more than 11.000 – that’s an increase of more than 600%!
TuneUp Browser Cleaner
On our 13” laptop with a Core 2 Duo, TuneUp Utilities 2012 was capable of finding just 1220 temporary browser traces (a total of 30 MB). The all-new TuneUp Browser Cleaner of our latest optimization suite, TuneUp Utilities 2013, on the other hand was capable of finding and deleting a whopping 5823 temporary browsing traces (100 MB).
TuneUp Program Deactivator
To proof the effect of program installations on PCs, TuneUps internal test lab conducted a series of benchmarks. These tests were conducted on a typical office PC (Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz, 4 GB of RAM) running Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 with about 180 popular programs installed.
To exactly measure the start-up time of Windows®, testers used Microsoft’s Windows Performance Toolkit. The total of 180 programs caused the system to boot up after 170 seconds instead of the usual 154 seconds. During these 170 seconds, Windows® loaded more than twice as many processes, which, in turn, led to a 50% increase in memory usage.
PCMark Vantage 7
PCMark Vantage was also used to benchmark file system, video/photo editing, Internet browsing and 3D gaming performance. When compared with the original condition of the system (without 180 programs running in the background), testers experienced a drop of 200+ points. Fortunately, with all of the programs deactivated, the PCMark 7 score returned to what it was before.
Over 800 MB of RAM and 74 additional processes reduced PC performance noticeably. Instead of a whopping 118 processes, only 49 were active constantly. TuneUp Program Deactivator™ gives users a unique opportunity. They can turn off as many programs as they like and—thanks to the allnew re-activation mechanism—enjoy their “Windows® like it was on the very first day!” feeling.
TuneUp Economy Mode
To compare energy usage, testers used extensive benchmark suite PCMark 7 (http://www.pcmark.com/benchmarks/pcmark7) to simulate heavy workload on a laptop. In the power saver mode of Windows®, the battery lasted for exactly 2 hours and 5 minutes. TuneUp Economy Mode achieved much more. By throttling down the CPU, reducing display brightness and reducing background activity, testers noticed a remarkable increase in battery life. The laptop lasted for as long as 2 hours and 42 minutes—an increase in battery life of 37 minutes, just by pressing a single button. Energy consumption dropped, too. Whereas the laptop originally consumed 51 watts, TuneUp Economy Mode reduced that figure to 36 watts.
That means longer battery run time for mobile road warriors and cost-savings for desktop PC users.
All tests were performed with the highest level of detail and attention. Our testers prepared each test system specifically to avoid discrepancies and made sure the tests were performed on typical hardware configurations – both old and new:
- All tests have been performed on machines we productively used for four weeks. They have been used for a variety of jobs, including web browsing, gaming, watching movies and editing videoclips. Why is this important? We performed tests on the following PCs:
- Medion® Desktop PCC (mainly for Office applications) with Windows® XP: Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz, 4 GB RAM, GeForce 8600 GT
- 17” Multimedia Laptop with Windows® 7: Core 2 Duo 2.93 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce 9600M
- 13” laptop with Windows® 8: Core i7 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel HD 3000
- Alienware® X51 Gaming PC with Windows® 7: Core i7 3.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, AMD Radeon 7850
- Samsung Series 7 Slate with Windows® 8: Core i5 1.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD
- 13” laptop: Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB HDD.
- We used the Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks command to make Windows perform file placement optimization tasks.
- We created an image of the entire hard disk. Before adding memory, we restored the image each time.
- We ran each benchmark test three times and used the average in our result table.
- All visual effects have been disabled.
Most of the mentioned guidelines are officially recommended by Microsofts Windows Hardware Developer Central. Click here for more details.
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