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Old 9th January 2002   #1
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IE cache max size


Hi everyone,

I'm wondering which ought to be the browser's optimum (=max) cache size...following the logic that more files on my computer will make it run more slowly I always tried to keep it rather small (i.e. 15/20 MB) but now I've read elsewhere in the web IE users stating they get better performance with a larger cache (i.e. 150/200 MB !).
How could it be ? any test to run to verify accurately and scientifically who's right?
Member's opinions are welcome...


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Its a hit or miss until you get the results you desire. Have a look here.

http://www.putergeek.com/vcache/index.shtml

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Tnx DoyceJ but I was talking about Internet Explorer temporary internet files cache NOT about vcache and virtual memory (swapfile)... not the same stuff !

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My mistake.

I would have to say that the same still applies though, i.e., try it and see. I have always seen recommendations that the smaller the better, and cannot recall ever seeing a test. Sorry.

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I have used both a large 300mb, a medium 60mb, and a small 5mb size for my TIF. Here are my observations:

On a dial up connection using 56K modem a modest TIF size of between 40-60 mb provided the best performance

On my current dsl connection a 5mb TIF works best.

I explain this as follows. On a dsl connection it is possible to download the page faster than windows can search the TIF. on a dial up account the opposite is true.

Hope my observations help you in your attempt to find the "best" size for your TIF size. I think that no "one size fits all" solution exists because for differing bandwiths and system specs. I would suggest you do as I did and try various settings over a week or so and see what works best for you and your situation.

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Hope my observations help you in your attempt to find the "best" size for your TIF size
...surely they did...tnx

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On my current dsl connection a 5mb TIF works best.

I explain this as follows. On a dsl connection it is possible to download the page faster than windows can search the TIF. on a dial up account the opposite is true
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I have DSL and changed to smaller MB as you said (was trying out ALOT of MB thinking it would load faster/haha)..now I also wonder about top menu choices (I have IE6.0)of which setting is best for "check for newer versions":
-every visit
-every time start IE
-auto
-never
?
tks ahead for answer

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now I also wonder about top menu choices (I have IE6.0)of which setting is best for "check for newer versions"
...I selected every time start IE...but not 100% sure it's the best choice...

Btw in the meantime I read this letter from Dave Methvin (PCPitstop Manager):
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I agree that a cache size of 5 to 10 MB is plenty for any fast connection such as cable or DSL. Dialup users may want more, but even then 25MB is very generous. It's been about 18 months since I did the experimentation to determine those numbers, but as I recall browsing became noticeably slower when I tested a full cache at 100MB so I picked 80MB as the upper limit.

To some extent you don't have to worry about making the cache size too small. IE will exceed your cache limit if it needs more cache than that during a particular session (the time you open the browser window to the time you close it). IE is supposed to bring the cache size back down below your limit when you close the browser window, but it often seems to "forget" to do that. There's a KB article that refers to this problem...
...it does complete and confirm ezebob's observations...

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Thanks for the validation folks I was not aware of that "test".
I use the option "on every visit" but it really depends on the sites that you visit. For example if the site you visit does not change
often then a stored (cached) page is ok if on the other hand yor like me and visit news sites or forums like this one then you want the most recent page which probably is not the one you have stored. I would still suggest you try a few different settings and
see how things work for you and your type of surfing. I think,
but not sure, if you select the option "every time start IE" that it might slow you down because it checks all your stored pages. I could be wrong on that but it makes sense to my simple mind.

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