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Windows 7: Compression Performance: 7-Zip, MagicRAR, WinRAR, WinZip

21 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
Compression Performance: 7-Zip, MagicRAR, WinRAR, WinZip

Compression Performance: 7-Zip, MagicRAR, WinRAR, WinZip

We're taking a look at the the features, performance, and compression rates of four file archiving and compression tools: the free and open source 7-Zip, the heavyweight WinRAR, the old-school WinZip, and the lesser-known MagicRAR.

Tests find the best compression software is not what you think it will be.
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Compression Performance: 7-Zip, MagicRAR, WinRAR, WinZip : Compression: Your Data, On A Diet

I was amazed which one won, and yes it is installed on all my machines.

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21 Mar 2013   #2

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Free too! I have 7-Zip on both of mine too.

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24 Mar 2013   #3


One thing I like about WinRAR is that it never actually expires!
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24 Mar 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Wow... time to replace WinRAR? I guess so...
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29 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's difficult to believe such benchmarking when they're so obviously favoring one over the others. WinRar "heavyweight"? WinZip "old school"? Seems like the guy never used neither of them.

I've been using WinRar for years, and forced to use 7Zip in work for some time too. 7Zip has nice performance and a great ratio generally, but only marginally better than WinRar, but WinRar has a LOT more options and a far better usability that makes it worthwhile. WinZip is THE standard, but technically has a lot to improve.
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