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Huge Files Compression Benchmark

This benchmark is dedicated to comparison of various archivers on huge datasets. We plan to add here compression results of modern games, such as Prototype or COD.


Original file: Ubuntu VM image, 4244 mb. Short table showing only best methods for each compressor.

Archiver Mode Compressed size, mb Compression time, sec Decompression time, sec
Zip 3.0-91398 46421
BZip2 1.0.5-91279 637186
RAR 3.90 [64]Normal1119 49037
InnoSetupUltra987132973
7-zip 9.07 [64]Ultra 256mb945141786
FreeArc 0.60Ultra938 156085
NanoZip 0.07 [64]-cO9094692667
NanoZip 0.07 [64]-cc84963752574


Original file: Ubuntu VM image, 4244 mb. Exhaustive results.

Archiver/mode Compressed size, bytes Compression time, sec Testing time, sec Extraction time, sec
Zip 3.0
-11,519,313,253117.30222.55984.488
-61,405,258,505196.16621.90883.820
-91,398,592,609464.38221.59882.871
PIGZ (multi-threaded Zip)
-11,512,849,01481.70119.43980.417
-61,403,648,27291.15218.32578.134
-91,397,268,571161.61718.40278.047
BZip2 1.0.5
-11,342,165,730515.635158.468190.693
-21,314,402,644526.761157.263190.186
-91,279,847,089637.129186.625198.975
RAR 3.90 [64]
-m1 -md2561,383,513,979123.42644.967106.803
-m2 -md2561,272,691,494218.06140.960105.615
-m31,119,707,211490.39037.695102.234
-m51,105,721,902637.041115.750169.372
CSC 3.1
-m0 -d71,082,758,318505.23079.770146.288
-m1 -d71,064,206,618711.41978.084138.952
-m2 -d71,051,172,0261103.46376.587142.908
InnoSetup
Ultra987,261,1651329.52973.671149.803
7-zip 9.07 [64]
-tbzip2 -mx11,342,324,784159.52758.47989.833
-tbzip2 -mx51,279,516,115232.03664.08799.232
-tbzip2 -mx91,249,732,8991586.45769.956103.068
-m0=bzip2 -mx11,314,913,058161.16056.135130.237
-m0=bzip21,252,191,072236.87570.054123.421
-m0=bzip2 -mx91,204,385,3351553.45173.743111.029
-m0=lzma2 -mmt5 -mx11,221,519,870109.61586.041121.020
-m0=lzma2 -mmt4 -mx31,143,351,781196.31180.360113.654
-m0=lzma2 -mmt8 -mx51,009,303,689467.54973.951119.968
-m0=lzma2 -mmt6 -mx9965,397,737668.60883.07690.856
-mx11,216,148,918267.74490.530122.291
-mx31,136,656,924454.22283.217118.851
-mx51,005,685,926865.26678.118120.351
-mx7986,382,2851084.19877.020120.535
-mx960,869,3201210.28487.19495.132
-mx -md128m951,249,7991313.34686.42193.567
-mx -md256m945,521,7221417.12286.27895.066
FreeArc 0.666
-m11,353,210,12656.59912.90985.152
-m21,177,434,18274.92417.70273.843
-m31,090,384,74798.87024.57772.113
-m41,012,521,731258.21423.21967.065
-mex8 -lc- -ld-960,842,826552.37825.32874.040
FreeArc 0.60
-m11,365,910,80369.90733.99380.932
-m21,147,751,803239.26147.35376.067
-m31,033,394,787581.79281.56091.673
-m4976,933,894920.84679.71589.469
-m5963,136,8371046.54778.59287.919
-mx -ld800m941,790,9881642.24476.81888.672
-mx -ld1600m939,667,6431544.22980.81889.560
custom936,550,9281882.33884.827112.919
custom with srep927,750,1472305.330237.715622.494
Nanozip 0.07 [64] -m1.8g
-cf1,493,043,981114.91029.414120.416
-cF1,277,710,392112.45466.163128.027
-cd1,173,141,528220.12636.235106.084
-cD1,088,563,072548.91942.275109.625
-co970,976,4711941.148278.949335.222
-cO909,755,1934558.835649.321719.308
-cc849,567,9076375.4082574.8162578.229
Precomp
custom with 7-zip 797,302,972146041.496984.4461232.872

All tests performed on Core2 Quad 6600 running at 3.24 GHz with 4Gb RAM and Vista x64. Download benchmarking scripts and raw benchmark data. Discussion takes place here.