SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-award winning consumer cybersecurity company, BullGuard, was recently proven to be the fastest antivirus (AV) solution for PC for gamers according to tests carried out by Chillblast, an award-winning builder of custom PCs, gaming desktops and gaming laptops. BullGuard doesn't just reduce the impact of antivirus on your games – it actually increases their speed. BullGuard's AV not only came out on top in 3DMark and F1 2017-based benchmarking, it also delivered better FPS (Frame Per Second) performance than Windows computers running no AV software. This rival-beating performance is thanks to BullGuard's patent-pending Game Booster, which optimizes CPU (Central Processing Unit) performance for noticeably smoother gaming with a faster frame rate and no game lag.
BullGuard's Game Booster automatically detects users' gaming sessions and pulls both user processes (applications opened and/or used by users – such as Word, PowerPoint, Chrome, Winamp, etc.) and system processes onto one or two CPU cores – leaving the rest of the CPU cores to handle the game. This completely removes random game spikes that negatively affect the user experience. BullGuard's Game Booster ensures uninterrupted gaming at a faster pace
For testing purposes, Chillblast opted to use a real user's system – a Chillblast Samurai 15.6" Windows PC, with the sort of memory-resident software load and application set most consumers use on a day-to-day basis. They didn't believe much value would be derived from running tests on a clean installation of Windows, nor on a $4000 Intel Core i9 powerhouse as this hardware is not representative of a typical PC. The Chillblast Samurai 15.6" specifications included: an Intel Core i7 6700HQ Quad Core CPU, 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, GeForce GTX 970M 3GB Video Card, 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD and Windows 10 Home .
Chillblast installed a total of six different security products – Norton Internet Security, McAfee Internet Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, BullGuard Internet Security, AVG Internet Security and Windows Defender – but also wanted to run the tests on the system with no protection whatsoever given that some gamers don't have active antivirus software on their computer at all. Before and after each benchmarking test was complete, Chillblast restored a "clean" Windows image to the pre-testing state to ensure any residual AV software left after one test wouldn't impact the next test.
The first benchmark, 3DMark in its various guises has been the go-to 3D performance benchmark for two decades. Professional overclockers and enthusiasts alike spend an inordinate amount of time chasing world records in each test. A second test followed, this time using F1 2017, the popular racing game from Codemasters. F1 2017 has a well-optimized 3D engine and incorporates a useful benchmark function. Chillblast performed three runs of both tests, averaging each result.
Based upon the test results, Chillblast concluded the Fastest Antivirus Software for Gamers is BullGuard Internet Security:
- Test 1: In the 3Dmark Fire Strike test, the fastest configuration of all was seen while running BullGuard Internet Security. It roared into first place with a score of 6,650, while the antivirus-free setup trailed behind with 6,574, and even Windows Defender only managed 6,469.
- Test 2: In the F1 2017 test, the BullGuard Internet Security installation once again yielded the fastest FPS rate of 52.4 due to its Game Booster functionality. Even computers with no antivirus installed failed to match BullGuard's performance, with frame rates dropping to 52.2.
"Running your Windows gaming PC with antivirus software doesn't have to impact gaming performance to any noticeable degree if you choose the correct product," said Ben Miles, Sales Director, Chillblast. "Those wanting the best possible performance from their PC would be demonstrably best served by choosing BullGuard, based on the results of our independent testing."
"PC gamers can now play their favorite games like League of Legends™ and Fortnight: Battle Royale™ and not have to worry about sacrificing security for speed," said Paul Lipman, CEO, BullGuard. "We're thrilled to have emerged the high score champion in Chillblast's independent game performance testing."
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