The PDF Guide: File Size And Creation Time Tested

Test Setup And PDF Creation Settings

We used a Phenom II X6 1090T system with six processing cores to make sure that CPU performance doesn’t bottleneck the PDF creation process.

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System Hardware
Performance Benchmarks
Motherboard (Socket AM3)Asus Crosshair IV Formula (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: AMD 890FX, BIOS: 0701 (04/02/2010)
CPUAMD Phenom II X6 1090T (45 nm, 3.2 GHz, 6 x 512 KB L2 and 6 MB L3 Cache, TDP 125 W, Rev. C3)
RAM2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 (OCZ3G2000LV4GK 8-8-8-24)
GraphicsSapphire Radeon HD 5850, GPU: Cypress (725 MHz), Graphics RAM: 1024 MB GDDR5 (2000 MHz), Stream Processors: 1440
Hard DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.11, 500 GB (ST3500320AS), 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 32 MB Cache
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V, 750W
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate x64, Updated on 2010-03-03
Drivers and Settings
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility Ver.
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.​9.​0.​1023
Benchmark Files
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007Version: 2007 SP2 PPT to PDFPowerPoint Document 1:115 pages, bullets, text, tables, some images 3.54 MBPowerPoint Document 2: 24 pages, bullets, charts, lots of Smart Art 5.77 MB
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Header Cell - Column 0 Default QualityHigh Quality
Adobe Acrobat 9 StandardStandardHigh Quality Print
Foxit Phantom 2.0Image Resolution 200 dpiImage Resolution 300 dpi
FreePDF 4.02Medium QualityHigh Quality
PDFCreator 1.0.1NormalHigh
Office PDFMinimumStandard