Op de pagina van VideoCardDrivers is een shootout te vinden tussen verschillende compressie programma's voor Windows en Linux/Unix/BSD. De Windows programma's die meedoen zijn: PKZip (34 dollar), WINZip (29 dollar), WINAce (29 dollar) en WINRar (35 dollar). Van de Linux/Unix/BSD kant komen de twee gratis programma's bzip2 en gzip.
De programma's moesten verschillende soorten bestanden comprimeren. Uit twee van de drie tests komt WINAce er het beste uit. Dit programma verdient dan ook de voorkeur voor Windows-machines. Aan de Linux/Unix/BSD kant is de winnaar bzip2:
If you are using Win9X or 2K, then the clear winner is WINAce. WINAce consistently churns out the smallest files, and is a joy to use with a simple clear and uncluttered interface. Using advanced features such as multimedia compression and ability to create large dictionaries (4096K) WINAce proves that "size does matter". The .ace file format is not very common, but acceptance is slowly growing. It's ability to handle all major file formats makes it very appealing as does it's minimal pricetag. The popular WINZip ultilty fails to impress. It lacks several high end features such as Dictionary Size and manual compression level adjustment. It is very easy to use, but sacrifices power for ease of use. WINRar has several features such as multimedia compression, variable dictionary size (1024K) and ability to manage several different file formats. All these easily garner it second place.
For you *nix buffs out there, the choice is also quite simple, and the choice is bzip2. bzip2 outperformed gzip in every single test. It is the undisputed champion of linux compression. The icing on the cake?? It's free for download and comes bundled in with every major distribution. Also, there are many front ends or "gui wrappers" available for bzip2 that make using it much easier.