Mail Performance Results for Windows

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Machine Configuration
  • MS-Windows: 98 Second Edition, 266 MHz Pentium II, 128M RAM, commercial builds
  • All test results are in seconds and done with a stopwatch, error rate of 1 second.
  • The actual messages and folders I use to test are available via the links in the Methodology section.

  • Area Tested Methodology for the Area
    Folder Loading Speed Time to load the summary file with 1,000 messages after launching the mail client (local folders). (When you save this, take the .txt extension off of the file.)
    Thread Pane Scrolling Speed Time to scroll 1,000 messages in real-time from top to bottom. 
    Message Display Speed Display 5 10kb messages from a POP inbox.
    Thread Pane Sorting 1,000 message folder, sort by subject, sort by sender, and then sort by date. (Initial sort of date was done to inititiate sort state. Not timed). 
    Message Reply Speed Click Reply All to a 2kb HTML message sent to 5 recipients.
    New Window Time Click New Msg.
    Batch Delete 5 Messages Select 5 messages at once and Delete (local folder). 
    Mail Module Loading Time Load only navigator, and then time how long it takes to load the default mail account from Tasks | Mail. (The 1,000 message folder using IMAP.)

    Area Tested 2002-07-15 Target Netscape 4.76 2002-06-18 2002-06-03 Netscape 6.2
    Folder Loading Speed 0.85 (1.15 0.69 0.70) 0.43 1.64 0.83 (1.15 0.71 0.64) 0.82 (1.19 0.69 0.59) 1.51
    Thread Pane Scrolling Speed 1.00 (1.00 1.01 0.99) 0.73 0.56 0.98 (1.01 0.98 0.96) 1.00 (1.04 0.99 0.97) 0.91
    Message Display Speed 5.25 (5.28 5.25 5.23) 2.87 5.11 4.92 (4.71 4.88 5.16) 4.93 (5.17 4.76 4.87) 6.75
    Thread Pane Sorting sbj=0.61
    sen=0.60
    date=0.34
    sbj=0.33 
    sen= 0.35 
    date=0.25
    sbj=0.87 
    sen=0.57 
    date=0.33
    sbj=0.60
    sen=0.62
    date=0.33
    sbj=0.61
    sen=0.58
    date=0.32
    sbj=0.54 
    sen=0.59 
    date=0.34
    Message Reply Speed 1.10 (1.10 1.09 1.11) 2.35 2.33 1.18 (1.17 1.18 1.18) 1.22 (1.23 1.21 1.22) 3.82
    New Window Time 0.42 (0.42 0.41 0.42) 1.21 (2.33, 0.67, 0.64) 0.98 (1.63, 0.65, 0.67) 0.41 (0.41 0.40 0.41) 0.40 (0.42 0.39 0.39) 2.61
    Batch Delete 5 Messages 0.67 (0.64 0.71 0.66) 0.44 0.36 0.63 (0.61 0.63 0.64) 0.69 (0.76 0.64 0.66) 1.00
    Mail Module Loading Time 0.00 (0.00 0.00 0.00) 3.15 (3.18 3.11 3.15) 2.31 (2.80 2.11 2.03) 8.14 (8.73 7.89 7.80) 7.62 (7.50 7.74 7.62) 10.79

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