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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 9, 2015

Cacheman is designed to optimize your computer and help you free up and manage your system resources. But despite its claim to the contrary, it isn't a tool for the novice user.

Pros

Easy-to-use features: The cluttered interface may be daunting to less experienced users, but the large icons at the top of the small interface offer easy access to the Auto-Optimize, Free RAM now!, and Cleanup features. Below that, tabs for Memory Management, Performance Tweaks, and other options allow users to change settings with just a few clicks.

Decent Help file: If you're not sure about the settings or options Cacheman offers, the Help file not only explains the features, but also explains some of the settings. For example, the Cache tab includes DNS Net Failure cache, which the Help file defines in the section for Cache. Still, understanding what something is doesn't mean you're ready to start making system tweaks on your own, so users should still proceed with caution.

Cons

Overload for novices: Although the publishers claim it is appropriate for novice users, the multi-tabbed interface will probably overwhelm most inexperienced users.

Limited trial version: You're only offered one basic profile for the auto-optimization process. The others are only available when you purchase the product. And while we weren't able to determine if it was due solely to the trial version limitations, our PC didn't run noticeably faster or better after using the software.

Bottom Line

For experienced users who want an easy way to access and change settings to improve your PC's performance, Cacheman may be the answer. For everyone else, even with the Help file definitions, Cacheman is probably a tool you should avoid altogether.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Cacheman 7.90.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 10.20

Cacheman 10.20 adds TCP/IP optimization for bandwidth or latency. The gaming PC profile has been also improved. CPU support updated for AMD Ryzen 3 1200, Ryzen 3 1300X, Intel Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X, Core i7-7800X (12 Core), Core i9-7900X (20 Core), Skylake SP Xeon Silver Gold Platinum.

General

Release August 14, 2017
Date Added August 14, 2017
Version 10.20

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,391,557
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

Memory is one of the most important pieces of computer hardware as it is in constant use no matter what a PC is used for. There is a tremendous number of variables that can influence the speed and performance of memory, and this in turn will affect the overall performance of a computer. Cacheman (short for Cache manager) can help by making it possible to optimize system cache and take control of RAM. A computer cache is a software or hardware component that stores user data so that future requests for that data can be served faster.

Cacheman is suitable for use by experts and novices alike, and there are a number of manual and automatic optimization settings available to suit all levels of ability. Cacheman automatically optimizes how Windows handles memory. Depending on what the PC is used for, a range of computer performance profiles is available including gaming, graphics workstation, digital audio recording, notebook, and server.

Cacheman dynamically changes the priority at which certain programs and processes are run, and can limit the amount of memory any given application is able to use. The active front-running application will get the maximum possible processing power and available system memory. Computer games, office software, web browsing, and video players will not be interrupted by background tasks like computer virus scans. By default, Windows 10 can track and share website visits, app usage, purchases, typed words, and more. Cacheman's auto-optimization feature modifies Windows privacy setting so that significantly less tracking data is recorded and sent back to Microsoft.