Winzip vs. Winrar

Discussion in 'Hardware Discussion & Support' started by Kelsenellenelvian, Nov 23, 2002.

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Which zipping/unzipping utilies do you use and why??

  1. Winzip

    10 vote(s)
    10.9%
  2. Winrar

    73 vote(s)
    79.3%
  3. PK Unzip

    2 vote(s)
    2.2%
  4. Ummmm Whatever???

    7 vote(s)
    7.6%
  1. PointBlank

    PointBlank New Member

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    I have winrar corp does the job for me. :D
     
  2. Matth

    Matth Flash Banner Hater

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    Vampirefo New Member

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    Winrar, is the best, but if I needed a zip tool I would just use the one built into XP.
     
  4. Malus

    Malus BSD SMASH!

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    I use Ultimate Zip.
     
  5. Kelsenellenelvian

    Kelsenellenelvian Master of my own Destiny

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    What is ultimate zip?? Never heard of it. Where can i get it??
     
  6. Dr_bologna

    Dr_bologna bolog

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    KraXed112 New Member

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    Winzip 7.0 was my all time favorite.. simple 2 click and its unzipped, now i use winrar 3.0 b4 and changed the explorers default to make winrar uncompress $name$/directory easily simplified
    bonus winrar does zip.. iso.. rar.. cabs... msi... all into one.. no need to get soo many utils, winzip for zip... winiso for iso.. winrar for rar...

    winrar 3.0 is a good shot
     
  8. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    There has been a discussion going on here in our technology forum for a month or so now which ive been watching with interest. Compression programs to me are a really essential part of a PC. Most of us use compression to send files through email, uploading, or even via an IM client, and there is always alot of debate over which compression routine is the best.

    Today I decided to test the major formats to give an overall impression of how they all work, mainly for size, but also for speed.

    I recently received a CD from ATI with the MMC 8.0 from the AIW 9700 Pro and I extracted some folders to test the compression programs with. These folders contain a variety of file types, msi, ini, exe, cab, dat, dll, inx, cat, sys, bin etc. so its a fair indication of how each program will compress in everyday use. 111 files and 10 folders.

    Here are my findings, based on maximum compression settings for all programs used, to create a self extracting archive, with results based on file size and speed to compress, my system is based on a AMD 2400+ XP processor running at 2700XP speeds

    Original folder size 104 MB (109,598,591)

    Winzip 8.1
    74.6 MB (78,266,865) time to compress 19 secs

    Winrar V3
    67.4 MB (70,691,417) time to compress 2 mins 5 secs

    Winace V2.2
    67.0MB (70,341,226) time to compress 1 min 49 secs

    Stuffit V7.5 By Aladdin systems.
    72.3 MB (75,873,861) time to compress 1 min 53 secs

    So its appears from these results that the new version of Winace (2.2) is in fact the highest compressing application out there, and in fact ive verified this with other tests also using non extracting archives. Its also a little bit faster than Winrar3. Winzip gives the worst results but the speed of its compression routines are alot higher than the others. Stuffit V7.5 was supplied to me by the company Aladdin systems for inclusion into the test and was originally developed for Macintosh and is probably "the standard" on that platform, so it was worthwhile including in this test.
     
  9. maGu

    maGu New Member

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    decompress?

    would be nice if you could test how fast they decompress...

    i noticed big differences in decompressing e.g. ace with winrar and ace with winace...

    i took about 5 times longer with winrar :confused:
     
  10. HardwareHeaven

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    decompression

    ok as you asked I went back to test the self extracting archives detailed in my last post by performing a decompression.


    Winzip - time to decompress 10 seconds

    Winrar - time to decompress 11 seconds

    Winace - time to decompress 8 seconds

    Stuffit - time to decompress 1 min 16 secs
     
  11. Krychek57

    Krychek57 Long time lurker

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    BZip2 and WinRAR for me.
     
  12. Fluii

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  13. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    there really are hundreds of compression applications out there alot of which basically use the zip technology, and if I wanted to do something indepth it really would probably take weeks to it correctly and indepth... I really just concentrated on the 3 most widely used programs available (with a lesser known one thrown in).

    have you tried 7zip? what you think?
     
  14. Fluii

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    I haven't tryed it... one of by friends are using it..

    Tjeck the compare-list at bottem -> http://www.7-zip.org

    But i'll stick to Winrar.
     
  15. Dr_bologna

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    Good choice..!!
    WinRar does everything that all this other crap does and majority of the scene uses WinRar..
    Most servers including my own are .rar files only..!!
    if not, they are unpacked and repacked into 15meg rar Volumes, tested for errors then sfv checked so that the rar volumes are cataloged..SFV32
     
  16. Matth

    Matth Flash Banner Hater

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    You should try 7-zip

    extra settings for zip mode (as well as maximum)
    "FB=255 PASS=4"

    If it doesn't beat any other ZIP, I'll eat my mouse!


    Also, try it's own format, 7z - just use the default maximum+solid, and see how well it does ... better than ZIP, and free.


    I just tried an 8.66 Mb dll-heavy program directory.

    2.46Mb (zipped by 7-zip at maximum + options [SLOW])
    1.68Mb (7z)
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2002
  17. Dr_bologna

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    Gay !!
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2002
  18. DriveEuro

    DriveEuro New Member

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    Um, what about warez on this site?
     
  19. TWINKY-

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    PK UNZIP OWNS YOU.
    I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD USE PK UNZIP :evil:
     
  20. elektrik

    elektrik New Member

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    WinRAR is my fav in terms of usage, but when it comes down to what I use most.. it's winzip :/
     

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