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1answer
53 views

Why does my computer run slow if it is not using most of its CPU or RAM?

I have two machines - a relatively cheap laptop and a high end desktop. My laptop sometimes runs slowly doing various tasks that would be quick on my desktop. My first guess is that I'm using most of ...
62
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10answers
9k views

Are computers with more RAM potentially faster if not all memory is usually in use?

Let's say I have a computer with 16 GB of memory. If my computer is usually only using about 4 GB and never reaches 8 GB, is it any faster than a computer with only 8 GB of (the same type of) memory? ...
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3answers
76 views

Available physical memory, XP

I installed a Windows XP x86 on my PC. But when I open the system information window in the System Summary tab, in the right-hand pane and at bottom the following are written: Total Physical memory ...
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votes
1answer
26 views

Investigating linux server slow down

We have a code build server, fedora 13, which was working at medium speed for 4 users. Speed means building a code branch took 1.5 hrs max duration. It was having one quad core, 8gb ram, 200gb hdd. ...
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votes
1answer
33 views

Will overclocking my chipset increase the performance of integrated graphics?

My AMD Radeon HD 5830 recently broke (overheated because the fan stopped working), and I am currently attempting to run games on integrated graphics, on my chipset. Many games are responding slowly, ...
2
votes
4answers
141 views

Slow Harddrive is Dragging the System

I have an HP Pro 3000 SFF running Window 8.1 Update 1 & Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It uses an Intel G45s Chipset, a Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500 GB harddrive, an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor, and has 4 ...
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0answers
32 views

RAM being used…, by what? Who is eating my RAM? [duplicate]

since some days ago, my computer starts as normal but, as the time goes by, the RAM usage keeps adding up, until it reaches 75% of my RAM (+-9 GB, out of 12 GB). And what's interesting is this: ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Why does wmic tells my memory speed is 1333MHz, but Speccy says 665MHz?

I've checked my computer specs, and I saw I had memory in 1333MHz speed. I've checked it in wmic (see pic) and it's true. B ut i've checked it in Speccy (see pic) and it shows 665MHz. I've checked ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

i7 (first-gen) running memory on 1066Mhz vs 1600Mhz - any performance loss?

I tried to read about this, like what is the actual difference, but I could not find any benchmarks or helpful posts. Most of them are simple placebo effects, like "oh my god the 1600mhz module made ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Toshiba Satellite P850 - Freezing and Stuttering

I've about exhausted all my known options at this point. I own a Toshiba Satellite p850 which was new in 2012. The laptop frequently (several times per minutes) locks up or stutters the entire system. ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

Memory Runs at Flex Memory Mode

I had 4 GB RAM installed, running in dual channel mode. RAM: Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX (CM2X2048-6400C5DHX) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Channel 0: DIMM1, DIMM2 Channel 1: DIMM3, DIMM4 ...
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Processor upgrade on a laptop vs. Ram upgrade. Also does ram always matter? [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron 14r (N4110) with an Intel Core i3 and 4gb of ram. It runs very smoothly, however gaming on this laptop is very limited. This is mostly because of integrated graphics but i have ...
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votes
3answers
92 views

14gb ram installed, only 6gb detected [duplicate]

I've checked each stick individually in the computer, by itself, to verify that the RAM was all in working condition. I have 2 sticks of 4gb RAM and 2 sticks of 3gb RAM. I'm not sure which are being ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Chipset GPU causes a massive slowdown

My AMD Radeon HD 7700 recently broke (fan stopped working and GPU overheated), and now I'm running on internal chipset graphics, and it causes a massive slowdown of the whole PC. I've changed the ...
4
votes
5answers
146 views

Is 1GB RAM so little?

I recently upgraded my old computer from Windows XP to Windows 7, and my computer became unbelievably slow. This is the hardware: Intel Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz 1GB RAM Radeon X800 GTO By unbelievably ...
5
votes
2answers
84 views

Would an array of SSD drives be able to succesfully substitute the system memory?

I watched a few videos trying to answer this. This video (youtube.com/watch?v=eULFf6F5Ri8) shows a bunch of guys stacking 24 SSD's reaching a peak of around 2GBps r/w. That's under the limit of the ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

How do I determine my bottleneck when executing unit tests?

I've a very large solution, with 11K+ unit tests, and on my desktop it takes about 30 minutes to run them; on my laptop it takes 60 minutes. NOTE: I've already swapped out the HDD for SSD and it ...
1
vote
3answers
118 views

Do I need Readyboost and page file if I have lots of free RAM?

I have 12 GB RAM installed in my laptop. I have currently both page file and ready boost disabled. Most of the time my RAM usage are under 6 GB. So, I still have 6 GB RAM all the time. Considering ...
4
votes
1answer
253 views

What happens if I use RAM of a faster speed than the CPU supports?

Looking at the Intel E3-1230v2 CPU, under Memory types it says "DDR3-1333/1600". My question is, in what way does the CPU limit the RAM speed? What would happen if I put in a DDR3-2133 RAM chip ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Why does the same RAM chip benchmark 2x faster on Intel CPUs?

Compare memorybenchmark.net's benchmarks for the "Kingston KHX2133C11D3/4GX 4GB" chip in the read uncached ddr3 intel vs read uncached ddr amd benchmarks. The Intel speed is listed at 14,881 MB/s , ...
0
votes
2answers
136 views

Increase Performance by utilizing RAM instead of swap (Windows 8) [duplicate]

My computer is pretty fast, but I feel it may be getting slowed down by putting things in swap which would do better in RAM. I have 16 GB of ram, and even in conditions where only around 3 GB is used, ...
0
votes
2answers
95 views

Firefox bottleneck with lot's of tabs open?

I'm currently using Firefox 28.0 on a windows 7 system on a SSD. Sometimes, when I do some research, I open about 180 + tabs on my machine. This makes firefox super slow, without using the SSD or CPU ...
1
vote
3answers
429 views

4 GB of RAM, only 2.67 GB usable

My laptop was using a 2 GB RAM and I thought it wasn't enough, so I bought a new 4 GB RAM stick. I have been playing graphic and memory-intensive games, such as Battlefield 4 (the Recommended ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

HP Z-600 Workstation does not use all RAM or cores

I have an HP Z-600 Workstation running on Windows 7 Professional w/ a NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Graphics Card, 48 GB RAM and (2) 6-core processors for a total of 12 cores. When I perform a heavy operation ...
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votes
1answer
582 views

Windows 7 x64 3.2Gb RAM usable instead of 4Gb installed [duplicate]

I have two questions that bothers me, and for which I couldn't find an adequate answers here. This is my laptop's configuration: HP Probook 455 G1 (Windows 7 Ultimate x64) AMD A8-4500M - 1.96Ghz ...
0
votes
0answers
57 views

VMware Work station is very slow and it cause Windows to freeze

I am using VMware Work Station V9 to run Ubuntu (The latest version) and it is very very slow. I have given it 20 GB Disk Space / 4 GB RAM / but it still runs very slow. My current machine has 16 GB ...
0
votes
2answers
95 views

Sometimes when I check my CPU usage, my 2nd CPU (#1) is stuck going around 90% while the others are around 20% max

i have checked the 'affinity' of all my processes and all of them are set to all CPUs, yet I check my CPU usage and my 2nd CPU (it's called #1 because my first CPU is #0) is jumping around 90% and ...
0
votes
2answers
72 views

Advanced RAM configuration [closed]

I'm a little unsure about whether my current BIOS ram settings are the optimal for the RAM i have. I'm aware some RAM modules may configure themselves with a bit slower speed by default than what they ...
0
votes
1answer
96 views

Powerful computer runs very slow for short intervals

I think this is the best place to put this question, but I'm not sure. Basically, my computer will run very slow every once in a while but then everything goes back to normal (for example, I will type ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Mixing rams with different frequencies and sizes

I have a computer with 2× 1 GB DDR3 1067 MHz RAM modules. Now I bought 2× 2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz modules. My questions: Should I remove the 1 GB modules and use the new ones only (2× 2 GB = 4 GB ...
0
votes
0answers
95 views

One particular instance of svchost.exe taking up awful lot of memory. Why?

I have been observing that the process "svchost.exe" in my list of running processes keeps taking an awful lot of memory; close to 550MB at times! There are multiple instances of svchost.exe running ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Dell Inspiron mini 10v hand while playing hd video

I have the problem of Dell Inspiron mini 10v while playing hd video. So recently i have upgraded the RAM to 2 GB DDR2 but still there is no improvement while playing HD video, both sound n video ...
2
votes
2answers
46 views

Does RAM Module Size have an effect on overall data rate

A similar question has been asked here: One large ram module or two smaller ones? But my question relates to a very specific scenario. We recently attempted to upgrade a server from 8 4GB RAM ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Best VPS performance 1024 mb RAM on HDD or 512mb on SSD

I'm currently running 4 small websites on different cheap shared hosting providers and I'm looking for a different solution. I might put them on one single VPS. The shared hosting only offers 60mb ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Why does my MBP perform poorly compared to an identical model with less RAM?

I recently discovered Geekbench and ran a set of tests to benchmark my laptop (Early 2011 Macbook Pro / 16 GB RAM of 1333 DD3 RAM / 2.3 GHZ quad core). Here are the results of the tests (Early 2011 ...
0
votes
0answers
92 views

Why is Firefox Using 2 Gigabytes of RAM?

I have version 26.0. Firefox uses 2 gigabytes of RAM minimum with only one tab open. I've tried uninstalling add-ons, disabling plug-ins, everything, but nothing helps. What do I do?
2
votes
0answers
79 views

What desktop computer hardware specifications are most important for database heavy applications?

I am purchasing a new personal desktop computer with the hope of improving performance for database-heavy applications (mostly data mining). I will want versatile hardware for all sorts of future ...
0
votes
2answers
120 views

for 4gb ram, will I need ram optimizer(e.g. cleanmem)?

I used to use basic configuration 2GB ram for my laptop with windows 7. I ran into trouble when I needed to use multiple windows open (started swapping to hdd whenever switch occured), and cleanmem ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

What is the actual data transfer rate for the magnetic disk with the given specifications?

I saw the question bellow in a Computer Organization Practice Book for University exams. Its given that, a magnetic disk has the following specifications: Number of tracks = 1024Number of ...
3
votes
1answer
247 views

Why do we need multiple levels of cache memory?

In general a cache memory is useful because the speed of the processor is higher than the speed of the ram (they are both increasing in speed but the difference still remains). So reducing the number ...
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votes
2answers
236 views

L4D2 intense lag with addons

My copy of Left 4 Dead 2 was downloaded during the free download period on Steam (the Christmas Special), so I'm wondering if this is one of the problem. I don't know why, but without addons, my ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

Laptop plays music choppy after a few minutes of idling

I noticed that when I'm doing my homework and let my laptop play music, the music becomes choppy after 10-15 minutes. Like my laptop's freezing or something, but as soon as I do something (bring a ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

5400rpm HDD <- paired with -> Gen4 i7 and 16GB memory

From what I understand, to get a really good performance from a laptop on heavy tasks such as video rendering, fast boot time and accessibility, you would want an i7 CPU, a lot of RAM, and a fat ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

Should I add 4gb RAM to my laptop? [closed]

I just bought a new laptop a month ago and while it already meets my requirements, there's always space for an upgrade! The laptop is HP ProBook 450 and these are hardware specs: Intel i5-3230M ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Computer has good specs, yet running applications slowly? [closed]

I don't know what's up with my pc it's running pretty slow, and it was like this when I bought it too. It just runs applications like google chrome skype,games pretty slowly when my old pc of 2gb ram ...
2
votes
2answers
562 views

Why does increasing Virtual Memory not helping game performance? [closed]

My RAM has a pathetic 2GB and most of my applications and background services take up at least 25% to 35% of it and thus causing the game to be laggy and all. I've tried adding virtual memory, from ...
2
votes
1answer
341 views

RAM. What is interleaved memory?

I want to mix some RAM sticks: Actually I have 2 DDR3 sticks x2 GB (on slots 1,3 to work in Dual Channel - an they are working, if believe to CPU-Z tool). I want to put in other 2 slots (2nd and 4th) ...
1
vote
2answers
152 views

Laptop being unacceptably slow

First of all: I've just read this thread (link) in a search of finding the answer. My laptop specs are roughly: Some mobile good i7 roughly 3 years old, 4GB RAM, Win7 and 500GB HDD and NVidia Quatro ...
0
votes
0answers
332 views

Installed Windows 8.1, Explorer now taking > 50% CPU

I installed Windows 8.1 (x64 Enterprise) on a 5 1/2-yr old Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop. I'm seeing sporadic extended periods (a couple minutes up to 10-15 minutes) where Windows Explorer is consuming ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

How much does performance suffer when using a single DDR module?

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 that is still trucking along. A while ago I had ugpraded to 2x1GB in it. Over the weekend, one of the modules died, so I went and bought another 2x1GB (to run in matched ...