Dear PowerBASIC,
Find at http://guti.bitacoras.com/index.php?entry=entry101117-210107 a benchmark of current Basic compilers (including FreeBasic, Hotbasic, Purebasic as well as VB.NET), were Powerbasic rules in terms of speed, and is quite competitive in filesize.

Even if in spanish, it can be easily translated with online translators. The test is using a Sieve implementation, that is also compared with other compilers.

Javier Gutierrez