Email startup times

Gmail vs ThunderbirdA quick timing test on my main home workhorse computer, which isn’t the fastest in the world, but isn’t the slowest either. (Windows 7, Athlon 64 X2 dual core 4400+ 2300 Mhz, 3 Gb RAM, on a fast ADSL2+ net connection.)

Having started Windows and logged onto a clean desktop:

  • Start Chrome with GMail set as the home page: 8.5 seconds to ready
  • Start Thunderbird: 11.6 seconds to ready

No wonder people are heading into the cloud.

Subsequent timings (without a reboot, so some things may be cached, eg later in a session when you’ve closed your email and you want to go back in):

  • Chrome with GMail: 3.4 seconds
  • Thunderbird: 3.1 seconds


3 thoughts on “Email startup times

  1. brad

    yeah, but thunderbird is a massive pile of shit. It is easily the worst of the major email clients. Outlook (with 2 or 3 gigs of mail) just snaps open for me.

  2. brad

    I dont use IMAP, so i would not know. I do know that I did try it with our hacked up mess of a random linux box hosted mail system for work and it was having problems, but that was most likely the server. (We are upgrading it to exchange this week though)

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