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Introduction

Since its inauspicious public appearance just under 12 years ago  bittorrent has become one of the major download formats. With good reason too: it's fast, equitable and efficient. For the downloader, bittorrent offers an uncorrupted copy of the original with the option to stop the download at any time and re-start from where the download left off (very useful for those on shaky internet connections)
f you haven't yet installed a Bittorrent client on your PC, you should as there are some great freeware clients available.   In Bittorrent the best clients are free.  (In fact, if a client costs money, it is most likely a scam).

This article is part of a series of articles on bittorrent here at Gizmo's Freeware.  If you are not familiar with bittorrent, then before using this article you should read this:

There are setup guides here at Gizmo's Freeware for each of these suggested free bittorrent clients.  Links to the guides are with the product description in the Quick Selection Guide at the end of the review.

This review was prepared on February 8, 2013, and the testing was conducted in the two weeks before that date and used the latest versions of the clients at that time.

Testing

Anyone with knowledge of bittorrent knows that it is nearly impossible to have a testing procedure that is foolproof in measuring small differentials in speed among bittorrent clients.  This is due to the fact that your download speed depends on the upload of other active users and there is no control over their actions while testing.  However, I have been testing clients for this category for several years and am convinced that the better clients can be separated from the others.

There were 7 rounds of testing to boil down the 17 clients tested to the 7 in the review.    Six torrents and three magnet links were used in this part of the testing.  I then conducted several tests in two rounds of testing to determine the Top Pick.  I did post pdf copies of my notes for each round of testing:  Bittorrent Testing 2013 Notes

All of the clients listed in the review had excellent performance on all of the testing, so all are superior bittorrent clients.  The speed performance on the testing was a factor.  Even though the speed differences were small, some consistently performed slightly better.  Features and support were also factors.  CPU and RAM mattered in that a client without many features that had high CPU or RAM use would fall to one with low CPU/RAM use.  Toolbars and addons in the installation process were a slight factor.

Testing was performed on Windows 7 64bit.

About Me

I am not a technical expert, but I  have been using bittorrent since 2003.  Before coming to Gizmo's I was the Administrator at a general bittorrent forum site, giving assistance on a variety of clients, and a moderator at the Vuze fora.  I still view a number of bittorrent fora and the fora of the various bittorrent clients.  This gives me a good idea of what the average user is looking for in a bittorrent client.

Ranking

All of these clients have the basic bittorrent features like DHT, PEX, encryption and UPnP. 

All seven of the bittorrent clients listed here performed excellently on all test torrents.  Speed and performance was a factor, but features and support facilities were major considerations.  A clean installation (without toolbars or ads) was a plus.

Most people just want a client to download torrents, but there are some features that a number of users like to use, such as a built in IP Filter, use of RSS feeds, proxy support, a scheduler and a web interface.

I will make note of those that have installs or other changes to your system that are not necessary for the proper function of the bittorrent client.   I strongly suggest that if you choose a bittorrent client that has these unnecessary add ons, to not accept those changes or add ons.  I have put up guides to help with the installation of the three clients that have these unnecessary steps in the installation process.

 
Discussion

 All seven of these clients performed excellently on all the test torrents and any one of them will meet your needs as a bittorrent client.  There was some slight download speed differentials, but nothing too significant.

tixati-main-screen-thumbTixati is the top pick this year as it runs fast, offers a lot of information and has the most appealing interface in a very efficient package, RAM and CPU wise. 
Tixati always seems to be in active development and the developers are receptive to users input.  The wide variety of layout options are indicative of their responsiveness to users.  Tixati has all the features that an average user wants.
Their help facilities have grown, but have gotten a bit out of date..  Their forums are responsive,
I was surprised to find that Tixati does not support web seeds.  Generally not an issue, but there will be an issue with the 3 million torrents at Archive.org as many of those are seeded by web seeds. 
Many users will like the colored display and the many options for display as well as the vast amount of information offered within a program that uses relatively little system resources.  The clean install will appeal to all.

Pros:  Stable and efficient with a good variety of options.  Developers are active and responsive to user requests.  Attractive interface.  Good help resources.  Clean install.

Cons:   Help resource, though very good, could use some updates.  No support for web seeds.

qbittorrent-main-screen-thumbqBittorrent is the choice for those users that just want to download torrents and are not interested in graphs, extra information and display.  qBittorrent tested slightly faster on the test torrents consistently.  Its RAM and CPU use make it the most efficient client here.
It has all the features that an ordinary user would want. Their built in search runs quick and has a good number of sites included at default.  I am usually not a big fan of built in searches, but this one is superior to the rest.  Plugins for additional sites are available.   
The Wiki  has improved, but is not among the best..  The situation at the forums is good.   Response at their bugs page is excellent and the responses are from the developer.  
qBittorrent has been the Top Pick here at TSA for a few years and was only a sliver behind Tixati this year.  This is an excellent client that is fast with all the features an average user needs with small CPU and RAM use and a clean install.

 Pros:  Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features.  Fastest performance on torrents.  Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users.  Clean install, no addons etc.  Cross platform client.

Cons:  Support has improved, but could be better.   Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).

These next three clients include the Spigot Toolbar along with home page and search engine changes in their installation.  The Spigot toolbar is considered malware by many and their site has a red (high risk) warning from WOT.  2 also have Open Candy software suggestions during install and 1 has software suggestions that may be Open Candy, but I cannot confirm. 

I suggest that you decline all such offers.  Since I have seen so many users complain of the toolbars and changes taking effect after installation, I have put up installation guides (see Quick Selection Guide)  to help avoid these unnecessary extras,

I had considered removing these three from the suggested list because of the Spigot toolbar.  However, since I am going to start re-testing (and re-writing this review) soon, I will leave as is for now.

I strongly suggest that you use one of the other 4 clients suggested here.

vuze-main-screen-thumbVuze  is a good choice for those users that utilize a VPN or proxy, due to its options that can stop all activity off the VPN or proxy (useful if the VPN/Proxy goes down) and its option to disable IPv6 support (for VPNs that have an IPv6 leak.
Vuze is still an excellent client with a wide variety of plugins  and options and information.   They were the first bittorrent client to add streaming capabiities.
Their help resources (Vuze-Wiki and Vuze forums) have taken a step back, but the Wiki is still an excellent source of information and the fora does provide decent support. 
Although the client has improved its RAM use greatly since the Azureus model, it still is the big RAM user here, though this is really not an issue in this day and age.
Their install includes a toolbar and home and search page changes enabled at default.  There is also a software install offered  and it also has advertisements in the Vuze portion of the client (can be avoided by  using the "Classic" interface).
Many users like the intricate details this program provides, its streaming capabilities and its VPN and Proxy support is superior to other bittorrent clients.

Pros: There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need.  Support for VPN  and Proxy use is superior.   Streaming capability.  Cross platform. 

Cons:  Toolbar install and home page change enabled at default on install.  Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).  Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers similar to Open Candy.

utorrent-main-screen-thumbµTorrent has been top pick here in the past and is still a superior bittorrent client.
With the excellent results on the test torrents, the fact that it is a stable and low resource using client and the vast amount of features packed into this tiny program, this is a top flight bittorrent program.  
The support provided by  µTorrent's FAQs, guides and forums is excellent, though it has diminished a bit from past years. 
Streaming to devices capability has been added in recent releases.
µTorrent does try to foist a toolbar, home page change, search engine change and a software download during install.     Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.
µTorrent has become by far and away the most popular bittorrent client due to its small, efficient, feature filled package.

Pros:  Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package.  Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.

Cons:  Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version).  Toolbar install (not necessary for program) and search/home page change enabled at default on install.  Unnecessary software offered during install.   Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues.  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

bittorrent-main-screen-thumbBitTorrent.  Everything I said about µTorrent, above applies to BitTorrent as the two are identical in their options and engine.  Both are owned by BitTorrent, Inc., and are developed by the same development team.  If you prefer the name BitTorrent and its purple color over the µTorrent name and its green color, then that would be the only reason to choose this client over µTorrent.

Even though the two clients are the same, BitTorrent is still banned at most private torrent sites (even though they accept µTorrent). 

Like µTorrent, BitTorrent is a small and efficient bittorrent client with a great deal of features and will appeal to many despite the "extras" in the installation.

Bittorrent:  Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes.  Software offers from Open Candy.

These last two clients offer a clean installation and performed excellently on the test torrents.  Their lack of support and some features is the reason they are last on this review.

Transmission-QT (Windows) is a basic bittorrent client that runs fast and has a simple interface.  It is missing some features and does not have much support.
This is not an "official" release of the Transmission team, but has been touted in their forums for years and now has its own site at Sourceforge.
Not quite as efficient, RAM and CPU wise as some of the other offerings here that have more features.
The clean install and basic interface will appeal to those who just want to download torrents and do not need any bells and whistles.  This Windows port of Transmission will give you speed with the best.

Pros:  Efficient and stable with excellent speeds.  Simple interface.  Clean install, no addons etc.

Cons:  Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources.  Missing some features

halite-screenshot-thumbHalite has the smallest RAM use of the seven clients.  It is a clean, small and fast bittorrent client, but lacks some features and has almost no support facilities.  If you just want to download torrents on a client with a simple interface, the Halite is a nice choice.
Halite was off this list in last review as it had not been updated within a year.  The version tested here was released just prior to the testing for this review.  So, there is some uncertainty for continued updates. 
This is a good client for those who want a simple, no frills bittorrent client.

Pros:  Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client.  Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.

Cons:  Missing some features.  Support is weak.  Releases have been sporadic.

 
Related Products and Links

  A full listing of the bittorrent help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware is now at

There are also links to the guides for each suggested bittorrent client in the Quick Selection Guide below.

Tixati
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stable and efficient with a good variety of options. Developers are active and responsive to user requests. Attractive interface. Good help resources. Clean install.
Help resource, though very good, could use some updates. Does not support web seeds.
http://tixati.com/
1.96
10.1 MB (32bit) 11.1 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 7 & 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 Linux
qBittorrent
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Low and stable RAM and CPU with all the necessary features. Fastest performance on torrents. Development still seems to be very active and responsive to users. Clean install, no addons etc. Cross platform client.
Support has improved, but could be better. Not that well known and not accepted at many private torrent sites (though the situation is improving).
3.0.10
12.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Linux Mac
Vuze
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
There is a wide variety of options and information within the program and an impressive array of plugins to satisfy any need. Support for VPN and Proxy use is superior. Streaming capability. Cross platform.
Highest RAM use of the clients here. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers similar to Open Candy. Advertisements within free version of Vuze interface (can be avoided by using Classic interface).
http://www.vuze.com/
5.0.0.0
9.1MB (32bit) 9.0MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Java support /Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8, Linux, Mac
µTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability.
Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.utorrent.com/
3,3.1
1.07MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux (Alpha)
BitTorrent
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Same as µTorrent above as they are identical bittorrent clients. Excellent speeds on torrents, efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny package. Excellent help resources. Streaming capability
Same µTorrent above, except that BitTorrent is not accepted at most private torrent sites. Has had critical security alerts at Secunia. (though none on this version). Recent versions of µTorrent have been in disfavor at many private sites, supposedly for reporting to the tracker issues. Spigot toolbar offered during install along with home page and search engine changes. Software offers from Open Candy.
http://www.bittorrent.com/
7.8.1
1.07 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Wine Mac Linux
Transmission-QT (Windows)
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Efficient and stable with excellent speeds. Simple interface. Clean install, no addons etc.
Not an "official" release of the Transmission team and is lacking help resources. Missing some features
2..8.0
15.7 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Halite
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Small, efficient and fast bittorrent client. Lowest RAM use of the suggested clients.
Missing some features. Support is weak. Releases have been sporadic.
0.3.4
2.8 MB (32bit) 3.4 MB (64bit)
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/NT/8

 

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Comments

by freestuffrocks on 27. March 2013 - 20:47  (106584)

Thanks for the info and thoughts Steve, pretty much along the same lines as me. Think I'll give it a miss.

Like you I'm regularly on the lookout for a decent free VPN and I'll report back here if I find anything that looks interesting. Reviews of VPNBook look quite promising - no registration required, seems pretty secure and they don't keep logs. Not sure how torrent-friendly it is though - is it by any chance the one you say you can only get 125kBps with? If so I won't take it any further.

by mr6n8 on 29. March 2013 - 10:30  (106631)

Sorry I missed this post. Yes it is VPNBook - though you might want to check it for your self. If you need any help on the setup, let me know.

Small world eh?

Steve

by Mada on 30. March 2013 - 3:11  (106648)

Could you give me a tutorial on how to set up qBittorrent with VPNBook? I've followed your Optimizing guide, but now I'm really confused about setting up this VPN.

Do I need to alter the settings in my Tomato Router? Why does it show two Internet connections in my system tray? Why does the torrent from Checkmytorrentip stall? There's no ca.crt; is there supposed to be one? Do I need Comodo Firewall to make sure that qBittorrent uses VPNBook? It's all a bit much for a newbie...

by freestuffrocks on 27. September 2013 - 15:40  (111054)

Hi mada

I don't know if you're still interested in VPNBook but I've finally got round to giving it a try. hopefully I can answer some of your questions. I'm by no means an expert, just someone who's picked up a few things along the way. I'm now getting reasonable speeds, anything up to 400KB/s at times.

Anyway, you no longer need separate certificates - just download one of the VPNBook OpenVPN bundles which includes everything you need, and copy it to OpenVPN's config folder (i'm assuming you've already installed OpenVPN). Right click on OpenVPN's desktop icon, run as administrator, and select one of the four connection options - I find TCP to be more reliable. In the authorisation box type vpnbook then the password below and it should connect.

Also,to ensure your bittorrent client only uses VPNBook you'll need some Comodo Firewall rules like these:
http://www.bolehvpn.net/forum/index.php?topic=5798.0
These are for an older version of Comodo so some of the terms are different but the principle is the same, and obviously for Boleh substitute OpenVPN. You could also use Vuze to do this but in my view it's a dreadful client and little more than resource heavy spyware (the only thing I disagree with mr6n8 over in his brilliant article).

Also check to see if VPNBook is leaking your real ip address by going here: https://www.dnsleaktest.com/

Finally, you say you use qbittorrent. I prefer Tixati which can prevent IPv6 leaks by just using IPv4. Obviously up to you though. Good luck!

by mr6n8 on 30. March 2013 - 12:39  (106657)

I do not have it installed right now as I am testing another, so this is from memory.

I can help with the ca.crt. You need to download a certificate from the VPNBook site and put it in the "config" folder of the OpenVPN installed folder. Then, when you right-click on the OpenVPN icon in the system tray, you should see an option to access through that cert.
Also, be sure to copy the password and signin name from the VPNBook site to a document on your computer. You will need it when you get access through the certificate.

The icon for OpenVPN looks like a network connection icon. If you right-click on it, you should see options for settings, exit etc. So it is possible that icon is what you are seeing as a 2d network connection. If not, you would need to post an image in a forum post on it.

There should be no need to set exception in the router. I am not certain on the firewall as I do not know if Comodo has some extra protection, but generally no exception needs to be made in a firewall.

As to why the check torrent IP torrent stalls, I am not sure what you mean and I am not sure which one you are using. The torrent is not supposed to actually download. Have you checked the "Trackers" tab to see if it shows an IP?
You could try the one at this page and check the trackers tab under "message" as it has worked for me on the clients I tested.
http://torguard.net/checkmytorrentipaddress.php

For further help, you will need to try our forum as there will be others there who understand this better than I. One of the reasons, I did not put an article up on this is that I do not understand it all that well myself.

Steve

by Juxxize on 25. March 2013 - 23:26  (106534)

great updated article mr6n8

by mr6n8 on 26. March 2013 - 10:06  (106546)

Thanks.

I have been seeing your name around here quite a bit. Welcome to the gang.

Steve

by cx7 on 25. March 2013 - 22:07  (106531)

hi
thanks very much for this comprehensive info on torrents. greatly appreciated.

after reading your articles, I decided to give it a try so i downloaded and installed tixati.

I do have two concerns though that i'll like some clarifications on:

1) is it safe to allow a torrent client to "bore" a hole in your firewall by creating a port for itself? why can't I just allow it through firewall instead?

2) I created a restore point before the install. after checking out the interface, I decided to uninstall till I was ready to use it. I decided to do a system restore instead using the restore point I created. when I clicked to check the programs that will be deleted, to my surprise I did not see tixati showing up. the file I downloaded had a .exe extension at the end so I don't think it's a portable file, am I right? and what went on here?

by mr6n8 on 26. March 2013 - 10:01  (106545)

1. If I understand you correctly, I guess there could be concerns for either method. However, in the 10 years I have been active on bittorrent fora, I have never seen an issue from a bittorrent client having a firewall exception. This is true for either allowing the program through or opening a specific port. For router firewalls, there may be an issue with using UPnP.

2. Yes the Tixati portable has a ZIP extension. I can not tell you why the system restore did not eliminate Tixati as I am not well versed in that area. There are some options to test software and restore back, like Sandboxie, that work better than system restore. Asking about this at our forum will probably get you some better answers.

Steve

by sysadmin-type on 25. March 2013 - 18:02  (106524)

First, thank you all for this wonderful community.

I just switched from uTorrent to Tixati because of the ads now in uTorrent and because I saw Tixati here at Gizmo's and tried it. So far Tixati is great!

I made comments at CNET about both uTorrent and Tixati and cited Gizmo's as one main reason why I switched.

I do want to point out, just to be helpful, uTorrent is still listed as the top pick on this page:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-portable-programs.htm#bfp-Bitt...

I found that Tixati is the top pick after clicking the "review" link to this page.

Thanks again and all the best.

by mr6n8 on 25. March 2013 - 20:59  (106526)

Thanks for the comments. I am glad to hear you are happy with Tixati.

I will get in touch with the person who maintains that category. So thanks for that too. I did not even know we had that page here. Apparently in went up last month. It maybe that he prefers the uTorrent portable though. Every editor is independent and can make their own decision.

uTorrent was the top pick here a few years back. Prior to Tixati, qBittorrent was the top pick for 2 years.

Thanks again and enjoy.

Steve

by freestuffrocks on 12. March 2013 - 11:40  (106162)

Just an update on VPNDirect. The Lite version is only free for 1 month, despite there being no mention of this before selecting and installing. Now the 1 month has expired I am now being told to purchase one of the paid schemes.

by mr6n8 on 12. March 2013 - 12:00  (106164)

Thanks for that. I have not used mine in a while, but checked after seeing your post and got the same.

This in spite of their statement at the website:

"We are pleased to announce that US server1 is now available for free use anytime, anywhere at your own convenient with no limit of use."

Bummer

Steve

by freestuffrocks on 12. March 2013 - 12:13  (106165)

Absolutely. I was very pleased with it while it lasted but there's too much of this shoddy business practice.

Oh well, the search for a good free VPN continues.

by MadEngineer on 10. March 2013 - 5:52  (106086)

How many of the clients have the ability to have an eMule type plugin like BitComet does? It adds quite a few KB/s to the total download and helps for pulling down those torrents that have lost too many peers or not enough seeders.

by mr6n8 on 10. March 2013 - 8:31  (106090)

I have tested BitComet for years and that ability has never helped it in my testing.

This year BitComet failed miserably on the test torrent/magnet for DSL, which had no active trackers. While other clients completed the download in under 2 minutes, BitComet failed to even get started and never downloaded anything. That is why BitComet is not on this years list, while it had been on all the prior lists.

To the best of my knowledge, none of these clients has emule or similar type support, but they all perform excellently on torrent/magnets.

Steve

by robbie076 on 27. February 2013 - 16:27  (105799)

Hey mr6n8, thanks a lot for this detailed article, it really helps!
I was thinking of trying a torrent client that you didn't mention here, that's called Torch browser. Do you know it?
I'd be happy to know what you think about it.

by mr6n8 on 27. February 2013 - 19:23  (105804)

I tested Torch and it performed well on the test torrents.

The reason it was not suggested is that when torrents were active, it used quite a bit of extra RAM and CPU and it does not have the features of the top clients here.

Even if you like Torch as a browser, and I think it has issues there also, the extra RAM and CPU used would make the clients here a better choice.

Its CPU use on the torrent I used for testing CPU and RAM, was 2d highest of all the clients tested. It RAM use was 2d highest to Vuze, but Vuze offers many more options and features.

Nothing horrible about it. Its speeds were right up there with the ones here on all the test torrents. But I think these beat it out with their combination of features and efficiency.

Steve

by arsenaloyal on 27. February 2013 - 0:28  (105787)

its good to find tixati finally getting the recognition it deserves. I have been a tixati user since the project started and its simply blowing past all the competition. Its what utorrent should have looked like had it been done right.
The new version is actually digitally signed as well, which will be good news for people who install only allow signed software.

qbittorrent is a worthy second choice behind tixati, although it was previously digitally signed for one of the versions if I remember correctly its no longer digitally signed for the latest version.

by mr6n8 on 27. February 2013 - 19:29  (105805)

Tixati has been a suggested client here for several years.

A few years back it was my favorite and was about to become top pick, when someone posted about qBittorrent. qBittorrent took the top spot that year and every year since (until this one).

Even though I switched to qBittorrent, I hoped Tixati would perform well to get to the top as I think its interface is appealing to a lot of users and I really like how responsive its developers are to users.

Anyhow, I agree that it is an excellent client that does not get enough recognition (and acceptance at private trackers).

Steve

by gzmhanu on 26. February 2013 - 9:15  (105764)

utorrent 3.2.3 with below setting:
"net.low.cpu" set to *true
override auto cache set to 1024 for 4gb ram
untick:
-reduce memory usage wen the cache is not needed..
-writeout finished...
-writeout untouched...
-turn off read ...
-remove old block...
-increase automatic...

is better than qbittorent 308 with default setting, In term of cpu usage. when running in the background as tray.

by mr6n8 on 26. February 2013 - 11:45  (105766)

First off, uTorrent is not far from qBittorrent in CPU and is slightly better in RAM use, so those changes are really unnecessary.

Secondly, those settings should not be messed with as uTorrent will perform better overall with the defaults in those areas.

uTorrent help file on net.low.cpu
Enabling this option reduces CPU usage slightly. You may achieve faster speeds with this option disabled. In general, this option is useless for most people unless they have extremely fast connections.

The auto cache is the best option for users. It will automatically adjust the cache based upon download speed.

The other options have varying effects upon RAM use and disk writes. The effect is negligible and again the defaults are the best overall performance.

by freestuffrocks on 10. February 2013 - 11:50  (105263)

Hi mr6n8

Regarding DirectVPN, I was unable to find where they claim only to keep records of bandwidth usage. Was it in their Privacy Policy (http://www.vpndirect.com/privacy.php)? They also appear to use IP addresses for marketing purposes. They will also disclose personal information if subpoenaed, a standard clause for most VPNs. Obviously if this includes IP addresses then, say, with regard to copyright infringement, it would seem they provide little more privacy than a typical ISP, if I've understood things correctly (or maybe I'm being paranoid).

Your TorrentFreak article link was also very informative. VPNetMon would appear to take care of any disconnects (but not sure if it works with open VPN), and the command prompt netsh etc will hopefully guard against IPv6 leaks. You said, strangely for open vpn, that, in some situations, your IPv6 address could be seen, but not by Check My Torrent IP, so presumably it would not be visible to any swarms, which would be my main concern.

Also, IPv6 can be disabled in Tixati by selecting IPv4 only in connections.

by mr6n8 on 10. February 2013 - 12:42  (105265)

Thanks for the info on Tixati. I can not believe I missed that. It is a part of my speed guide to select IPv4 preferred.

I would suggest "IPv4 only" to be safe on any VPN. I did hear back from Direct on the IPv6 and they were honest that it was an issue. They are looking to cure it in the next release.

This is the one site that consistently showed my true IPv6 (the VPN IPv4 tho) on all of the VPNs I tested, even with IPv6 disabled on my computer connection.
http://www.test-ipv6.com/

I am not sure where I got the info on no records. I looked at the site, but did not see it. It might have been an email as I did ask the sites. You could always ask through their support page.

They will have your IP, but it is unlikely they track where and what you do. Then it is a question of do they keep records of when you signed on, for how long etc.

When writing the providers, I basically asked the two questions here:
http://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-providers-really-take-anonymity-seriou...

I could be wrong on Direct and records, so you might want to ask them.

Thanks again for the Tixati info.

Steve

by mr6n8 on 8. February 2013 - 13:34  (105198)

A new review is up as of February 8, 2013.

It was a very close call, but Tixati slightly beat out qBittorrent for Top Pick.

All of the clients listed here performed excellently on the test torrents and magnets. The top 5 have all the features the average user would want. The last two are missing a couple.

If you find any errors, please post to let me know. The update process gets my eyes a bit blurry.

I did upload my notes on the testing and the link to these is in the review.

I also updated all of the guides to optimize the speed for these clients. So all the guides are compatible with the latest versions.

Look forward to your comments, whether you agree with me or not. The input of users did have an affect on the top pick.

Steve

by bash550 on 26. February 2013 - 1:13  (105755)

For those of us that don't need the extra eye candy qBittorrent is still tops.Speed and efficiency are my usual priorities. Still, great work on the review mr6n8.

by mr6n8 on 26. February 2013 - 11:48  (105767)

Thanks.

Personally, I agree and qBittorrent is still my client.

Still, Tixati, even with its colors and graphs, still runs almost as efficiently as qBittorrent.

As I said, it was a very close decision. I went back and forth a few times on it.

Thanks again

Steve

by Anupam on 8. February 2013 - 13:41  (105199)

Good update Steve :). Great to see Tixati as top pick, it fully deserves it... great simple interface, efficient, simple to use with great features, and a clean install devoid of extras, with a great team that responds and listens to users. Couldn't have been a better pick.

by mr6n8 on 8. February 2013 - 14:18  (105201)

I thought you might like that pick :)

Tixati has been close to top pick before. This time, it was a virtual tie with qBittorrent, but your and others opinions pushed it to the top.

Steve

by Anupam on 8. February 2013 - 14:26  (105202)

Good to know I had a part in it :D.

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