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PunBB seems to be a what i'm looking for and I'm going to give a try.
And I just found that Wikipedia has run a list of free internet forum script.
phpBB1.4.x (vanilla) = index.php in ~0.070 seconds
phpBB2.0.0-ish (without template cache) => index.php in ~0.500 seconds
phpBB2.0.5-ish (with template cache) => index.php in ~0.250 seconds
phpBB3.0 CVS (vanilla) => index in ~0.080 seconds
phpBB3.0 CVS (with eAccelerator) => index.php in ~0.016 seconds
Dual Pentium III-S 1.26 GHz, 1.5GiB RAM & 2x 60GB HDDs in RAID1
Those are not current numbers but I believe its actually faster now. :) One thing that has been mentioned by the developers that I have read is some of the performance tweaks are intended for larger forums and may actually slow down smaller ones.
Still struggling with Punbb and Phpbb.... The trouble with punbb is that it cuts too many functions, some of them like PM are quite useful. Although they have a mod for current version, I worry about the future upgrade.
You can reduce the server load quite a bit by turning features off. On the main page of the ACP on the very bottom is bunch of links for the configuration that will let you turn features on or off like displaying Who's online, Birthdays, The search feature etc.
If you open config.php you'll find these two lines at the bottom:
// define('DEBUG', true);
// define('DEBUG_EXTRA', true);
If you uncomment them you'll get some basic information for SQL queries and execution time in the footer with a link to detailed information.