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Benchmarked: What’s the Best File Compression Format?

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  1. ireland

    ireland Active member

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    Benchmarked: What’s the Best File Compression Format?

    It’s time to compress some files, so what format do you use? Zip, RAR, 7z, or something else? We performed some benchmarks to determine which format gives you maximum compression.

    Compression ratio isn’t the only factor, of course. Some of these formats are just easier to use because they’re integrated into desktop operating systems, while some require third-party software.

    File Compression Benchmarks
    This is more complicated than it seems. How much compression you achieve will depend not only the on the archive type you create, but on the application you use to compress it and the settings you use. We stuck with popular applications at their default compression settings to simplify things.

    Rather than messing with some of the usual file types here — like Word DOCX documents, which already use a form of Zip compression, and JPG images, which also use a form of compression — we decided to compress a few installed PC games. Games incorporate graphics, music, text files, executables, and various other different types of files, so they’re a good real-world dataset with various different types of files.

    First, we installed Bastion and compressed its folder — about 863 MB in size of music, graphics, executable files, and various different types of documents:

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    I'm confused as to why they didn't test free arc.I've seen games compressed to around 1gb from an original 7gb file and that was done with freearc.
     

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