Compression and Encryption
I decided to replace the WinRAR test with a more repeatable and multi-threaded application – 7-Zip.
TrueCrypt is one of the most popular pieces of software for disk encryption with a handy benchmark mode to test the capabilities of your processor. Keep in mind that many modern CPUs include the same AES acceleration which is used throughout TrueCrypt.
Our results with TrueCrypt (present status not withstanding) are pretty good as well, ranging from 7-8% in our two tests.