Typical actions are used to measure the influence on the system speed, for example:
- Launching popular websites
- Download of frequently-used applications
- Launch of standard software applications
- Installation of frequently-used applications
- Copying of files (locally and in a network)
Functions of the operating system, the protection program and other programs that may be disruptive are closed down prior to the beginning of the test. This includes both automatic updates and planned actions such as scans or backups. The tests are carried out on a limited number of computers that are identical in construction and have been verified as having the same system speeds in order to give all products the same chances.
Every individual action is carried out at least seven times so that a reliable average can be generated. If the standard deviation of the individual values exceeds a specific threshold, this indicates an error and the test is repeated in full. If the test achieves reliable values for all products and all test cases, these are compared with the reference system values and the difference is calculated. This difference then specifies the slowing down of the system in the case of the actions tested.
Specification "Standard PC": Intel Xeon X3360 @ 2,83GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD
Specification "High end PC": Intel i7 3770 @ 3,40GHz, 16 GB RAM, Samsung 512 GB SSD