Is Performance Optimizer tested and proven to work?

Yes, it is. Performance Optimizer is also brand new, patented technology for Windows PCs and covers a wide range of unique performance benefits. For these reasons, we took testing to an extra level with this particular feature because it’s a world-first.

How did we carry out the Performance Optimizer tests?

We took 3 computers with different specifications and prepared them for testing in line with the industry standards set by Microsoft and other organizations. We modeled these computer specs on the average desktop PC of 2019, the average laptop of 2021, and what the average laptop may be like in 2024. We tested our new feature on these, ensuring it would provide a viable, measurable improvement to both old, new, and future PCs. Testing on a variety of PC setups was an important part of our approach. For example, we discovered that more than 50% of CCleaner users still use older hard-disk drive (HDD) technology in our Digital Crap Index report from 2020.

We conducted the tests using specialized tools like Microsoft Performance Analyzer and PCMark, which can measure the impact of software before and after its use on a PC.

Note: If you have Windows 10, you can find and check what your exact PC specifications are by clicking the Windows icon, going to Settings, and then typing “About.” If you don’t have Windows 10, please go to Microsoft’s support pages for help.

What PC hardware specifications did we test?

Computer A:
Average PC specs for 2019: Intel 4-core CPU from 2014, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD

Laptop B:
Average laptop specs for 2021: Intel 4-core/6-core low-power CPU, 8-16 GB RAM, Intel Xe graphics, 256 GB SSD

Laptop C:
Future 2024 laptop: Core i9 11900HK, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB NVME SSD, GeForce 3080

Note: Newer laptop and PC designs are generally better at maintaining their performance than older models; thus Laptop B and C returned less impactful results in some areas compared to Computer A. However, most consumers in 2022 still use older hardware like Computer A.

What PC performance improvements did we test for?

We tested Performance Optimizer’s impact on:

  1. Boot times
  2. Overall performance
  3. File transfer speed
  4. Browsing speed
  5. Gaming frames-per-second (FPS)
  6. Gaming lag (otherwise known as “ping”)
  7. Laptop battery life
  8. Power consumption

How did Performance Optimizer improve boot times?

Computer A achieved a 72% faster boot time (compared to before using Performance Optimizer), with Laptop C managing a 43% increase in its boot time speed and Laptop B a 40% increase.

If you have a PC with a hard disk drive (HDD) that’s 3 years old or more and run Performance Optimizer, you will likely notice a faster startup time. If you own a laptop with a solid-state hard drive (SSD) that’s newer than that, you may not see or feel the difference as much.

How did Performance Optimizer improve overall performance?

Computer A achieved a 34% overall performance increase, with Laptop B and Laptop C jointly achieving a 2% increase.

This means if you have a PC with a hard disk drive (HDDs) that’s 3 years old or more and use Performance Optimizer, you’re very likely to notice your PC responding much more quickly than before. If you own a laptop with a solid-state hard drive (SSD) that’s newer than that, you may not feel the difference as much.

How did Performance Optimizer improve file transfer times?

Computer A achieved a 48% increase in file transfer speed, with Laptop B managing a 3.5% increase and Laptop C showing no noticeable increase.

This means if you have a PC with a hard disk drive (HDDs) that’s 3 years old or more and use Performance Optimizer, you’re likely to notice your computer copying files more quickly. If you own a laptop with a solid-state hard drive (SSD) that’s newer than that, you may not feel the difference as much.

How did Performance Optimizer improve browsing speed?

Computer A achieved a 4% increase in browsing speed, with Laptop B managing a 1.7% increase and Laptop C showing no noticeable difference.

After using Performance Optimizer, your machine may experience a very small speed increase when you launch and use a web browser.

How did Performance Optimizer boost FPS for PC gaming?

Computer A achieved an 11% better FPS rate, with Laptop B and Laptop C jointly showing no noticeable FPS improvement.

If you have a PC with a hard disk drive (HDD) that’s 3 years old or more, you’re likely to notice fewer issues with gaming FPS after running Performance Optimizer. If you own a laptop with a solid-state hard drive (SSD) that’s newer than that, you may notice no difference in FPS.

How did Performance Optimizer lower ping rates for PC gaming?

Laptop B achieved a 19% lower ping, with Laptop C managing a 12% lower ping.

Computer A showed a 6.2% lower ping.

After using Performance Optimizer, you’re likely to experience less in-game lag whether you use an old or new PC (or laptop).

How did Performance Optimizer improve laptop battery life?

Laptop C achieved a 30% increase in battery life time, with Laptop B managing a battery life boost of 5.6%.

If you own a new or high-performing laptop, you’re likely to see the biggest overall improvement in the duration of your battery life.

How did Performance Optimizer reduce power consumption?

Computer A achieved a 30% reduction in power consumption, with Laptop C managing a 24% drop in power consumption and Laptop B achieving a 19% drop.

If you own an old, new, or high-performing PC, using Performance Optimizer means your computer may become cheaper to run than it was before (over an extended period of time).

We have also tested CCleaner’s overall performance; see our PassMark report.

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