McAfee App Boost 1.0
Single Product Test
|Test Period||September - October 2018|
|Online with cloud connectivity|
|False Alarm Test included|
McAfee recently implemented a performance optimization component called App Boost in its anti-virus software. The module automatically changes the base priority of selected user processes in order to run them faster.
According to McAfee’s description, App Boost enhances the performance by:
- Assigning more dedicated CPU (processor) power to your apps
- Increasing the priority of your app’s hard drive Input/Output (I/O)
Active app boosts: App Boost monitors your open apps. When an app is in your active window (the front window that you are currently focused on), App Boost gives it more processing resources.
For detailed insights to the component please refer to the McAfee documentation. The used benchmarking tools in this test and the test methodologies were defined by McAfee.
- McAfee Internet Security 16.0 with App Boost 1.0
- McAfee Internet Security 16.0 without App Boost 1.0
|Machine Type||Lenovo E560|
|Machine Type||Lenovo G50|
All tests were done on a clean installation of Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit RS4 (all updates installed) and with an active Internet connection. Google Chrome was used as standard browser in the test.
The following additional changes were made:
- Disabling of all services of the operating system which might influence the result
- Installation of Benchmark “Geekbench Pro”
In order to test the capabilities of McAfee App Boost, McAfee asked to perform the following two benchmarks with the following methodology:
To make the App Boost benefits become more visible in the above boosted performance benchmarks, McAfee App Boost has been tested as follows:
- Machine is in idle state
- Machine with a CPU load of ~50%, simulated by using one instance of Microsoft’s CPUSTRES per CPU core
After each run the system was cooled down for 5 minutes. This is to ensure that the CPU runs unthrottled in all run instances. Each benchmark was executed five times – we provide the average values.
In the following we compare the results of the benchmarks tests with an installation of McAfee with App Boost enabled with an installation of McAfee with App Boost disabled. We show the relative difference of McAfee Internet Security with App Boost to McAfee Internet Security without App Boost.
All tests were executed on a low-end and on a high-end machine.
The results show that App Boost is beneficial for boosted processes. When applications are under considerable load, the benchmarks yield higher values with App Boost enabled. This is especially noticeable in CPU stress-testing (Geekbench benchmark on low-end and high-end machines), as well as testing against common tasks with web-enabled devices (WebXPRT benchmark on high-end machines).
McAfee states that App Boost is designed to make the foreground app – the app used by the user – run faster by automatically prioritizing resources for this app. The overall system performance capability remains unchanged, but the app being boosted will run with higher priority than the background processes.
App Boost targets ANY foreground app, with exception to the system & AV processes – as these applications are typically designed to run in the background. McAfee states they aim to increase the efficiency of apps being used for productivity or entertainment (in this case, benchmarking tools).
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