It all depends on the torrent, your isp, what port your using and whether on not you've forwarded them on your router (so you get both local and remote peers).
Certainly in general they are no match for newsgroups, and with the likes of Hitnews so cheap, it just depends on how badly you need the file.
You wouldnt be saying that if you had access to the elite torrent sites...or root boxes...etc
Currently a member of T******Leech, T******Bytes, P**UK, SuperT******s, File***t, Didi***e, A**di, AcidL****e..... just to name a few.
I'm a member of a lot of others as well but I hardly ever use torrents anymore. I don't deny you can get full speed but this usually on the private sites which operate a strict 1:1 ratio system. Hit and run too much and you're gone. Thats what I like about Newsgroups...get everything at full speed and no uploading to do.
I downloaded everything with torrents years ago but since switching to newsgroups I'd never go back.
edit - Not sure if I was allowed to post site names so I did it like this. Can someone please edit if this isn't acceptable.