It could simply be all a matter of perception and they are preforming in the same fashion just under different conditions.
But about 3-4 months ago I upgraded to one of the recent versions of K-lite. A version that includes "speedup" and sig2dats, and something called ptrack which i have no idea what it does.
The old Kazaa I used had none of these. But I downloaded and used a third party "speedup" program and it all seemed to work quite well.
If a file was actually out there, it would start downloading albeit at a slow speed, and i think the speedup program would find more sources to speed things up. But if you opened up the plus signs on the downloading file in question, you could go in and find more sources for those downloads as well and soon enough 8, 10, 15 users would be contributing to a download that was registering at 40, 50 60 kbs/sec. This was not unusual at all.
Now with the upgraded K-lite and the integrated speed up, I rarely if ever see those high speeds and multiple users contributing to a super-fast download. The other day I noticed a file transferring at about 40k/sec which is unfortunately unusual. I think 2 users were contributing to this speed. I opened up the plus sign to use my old trick of finding more sources, and what happened? The file stopped downloading all together. It went to search for more sources and gone was that fabulous speed not to return again.
In my current set up, my average download speed is about 7-14kb/sec and my avg users contributing to this speed is 1 or 2. Something is a miss in my view. I searched for a file that had a shit-load of users. The original matrix. I think there was over 30 users sharing it. I started the download and certainly 30 users did not contribute to my transfer. I never reached speeds above 20/kbs and the file also took more than 48 hours to download. I have no way to prove it... but I am almost certain during my old set up, opening up the users and letting the speed up program search for more users under them, I would have been able to download a popular file like "the matrix" in a mater of hours, not days.
Can I find the old version out there anywhere? I un-installed it off my computer and it is long gone from my HD.
I chalked the problem up to the current "speed up" program installed with this version of k-lite. So i download some third party version off of google. That didn't help and the program was filled with spamming crap as well.
Any advice or suggestions?