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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.

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
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. 9.1.1.1025
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.​9.​0.​1023
Benchmark Files
BenchmarkDetails
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
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