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Performance of Multiple RAM Sticks Compared to Single Sticks

It's no secret that using two physical drives gives better performance than two partitions on the same physical drive; because there are two devices, they each have their own platters, head, caches, ...
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How do I evaluate an SSD caching solution for home desktop use? [closed]

I've got a 30GB SSD that I would love to start using as a cache for my larger HDDs. I primarily want to improve apparent performance for general desktop use. I do the occasional massive DB migration ...
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Default Windows 7 Install: What to change to make it faster?

I remember there were guides for Windows XP on all of the unnecessary services and things that you could turn off in a default install to make the system a bit more 'snappy'. Is there such a guide ...
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How can I analyze performance issues before/during the logon process?

How can I analyze a performance issue that happens before or during the logon process?
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MacBook Pro for Windows development via virtualization. Performance?

I am a Windows/Web developer by profession and I have been considering a MacBook Pro as a replacement for my current development machine. I am impressed by the build quality, the uni-body construction ...
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Windows Hibernation increases startup/shutdown speed

A few weeks ago, I installed AVG PC TuneUp on my Windows 8 laptop. It recommended that I disable hibernation - this would increase performance. From that point, start-up and shut-down became ...
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RAM speed: How does it impact performance?

How important is RAM speed for computationally expensive tasks like gaming, video encoding, video editing, graphics software (Photoshop/Sketchup)?
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HDD performance spikes

I have a Dell Precision T1700 I purchased for about $1500 almost a year ago. I am having some moderate hard drive issues. I think it's not as fast as it should be. Booting seems quite long considering ...
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My Mac is slow but don't know what's slowing it down

My Mac (Macbook Pro) is sometimes slow doing basic tasks, like browsing the web or something like that. If I open Activity Monitor, I have (maybe) one program that is about 10 % CPU, others are below ...
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Increase Outlook 2013 performance?

I feel that Outlook 2013 (compared to Thunderbird) is quite slow at e.g. changing between mail view and calendar view - is there any way to disable e.g. the animation of the transition between mail ...
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How to find out what's accessing a particular hard drive on Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I view what percentage of my hard drive bandwidth is currently being used? My HDD on a dock just started making noises like it's being accessed but I don't see ...
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How to make high performance cluster out of 2 laptops I have at home [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to combine processing power of 2 computers? Hi, I have 2 laptops at home. Could someone please suggest some free cluster softwares using which I can make ...
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Cleaning up temp files in Mac OS X

My 4 months old Mac partition volume is losing space slowly and gradually. I am pretty sure there are a lot of orphaned temporary files laying around in the volume. I know where to find the obsoleted ...
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Performance difference between SD and MicroSD cards?

If you compare a MicroSD card with an advertised speed of 48 MB/S to a full size SD card with an advertised speed of 48 MB/S (from the same manufacturer), should their performances be identical? Or ...
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What are possible causes of keyboard lag on my desktop machine?

I am running Windows 7 and began experiencing keyboard lag in most applications, and it seems to be getting worse. Certain websites are the worst - on some, I can type a sentence, take my hands off ...
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Debugging Linux I/O latency

I'm having some I/O problems on a couple of Linux systems that I administer. They manifest in that processes often block for up to several seconds in such simple syscalls as open(), unlink() or ...
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Is it worth reinstalling to enable AHCI on my SSD in order to improve compile performance under Visual Studio?

I am compiling to an SSD connected through SATA using IDE emulation on Windows 7. Unfortunately, I forgot to enable AHCI when I installed, and though there are ways of performing surgery on Windows ...
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Is the L3 cache shared by all cores for a Sandy-Bridge E Xeon CPU?

In a related question (http://superuser.com/questions/412988/impact-of-the-l3-cache-on-performance-worth-a-dual-processor-system) I asked about the benefit of a dual-CPU system in terms of doubling ...
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Recommendations for hard drive performance boost

I'm going to be building a new system soon and I'm willing to spend a few more dollars to improve my hard drive performance. This will be a general use system so I just want to see HD intensive tasks ...
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Strange performance of SSD

My SSD (on Windows XP) is working well, however, I get the following strange results from Crystal Mark 2004R3: 236 MB/s for sequential read 59 MB/s for sequential write 168 MB/s for random read ...
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Looking for a fast CLI Linux distro

I'm looking for a fast Linux distro to put on a USB key. The goal is to be able to boot in as few seconds as possible, with just enough to mount a hard drive and do some basic operations in there ...
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No performance increase on I/O intensive operation after symlink to ramdisk

We have a system that transforms a set of several thousand multi-MB files. After every step in the transform, it writes the intermediate file to disk. The concept is similar to a scratch disk. We ...
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What is a normal file copy speed for SSD?

I am copying a folder (320 items, 1.9GB) on an SSD to a different location on the same SSD and getting a transfer rate of 5MB/s. Is this to be expected? Simultaneous reading and writing to the same ...
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What do different patterns mean in Windows 8 file copy dialog

When copying or extracting files, Windows 8 shows the chart with the speed of the operation. I noticed several patterns: Randomness, High speed at the beginning, then low speed during the most part ...
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A USB keyboard in a Microserver is causing the machine to become very unresponsive

This video explains it best - Youtube Link I have purchased a number of Microservers and have finally got around to setting the first one up. It doesn't have a PS2 port, but, has loads of USB ports. ...
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Performance issues when using SSD for a developer notebook (WAMP/LAMP stack)?

I'm a web application developer using my notebook as a standalone development environment (WAMP stack). I just switched from a Core2-duo Vista 32 bit notebook with 2Gb RAM and SATA HDD, to an i5-2520M ...
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Recent RAM Issue with Windows 7 - Memory Slowly Fills Up

Before I say anything at all, I want you all to know where I've been with this issue: I have run multiple AV scans, including: Malwarebytes, Sophos Virus Removal, ADWCleaner, ESET Smart Security 4 ...
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How can I find out what's the bottleneck slowing down a particular process / the entire system?

Given a specific running process, is there a way to find out what hardware element is currently the bottleneck for its operation? In other words, is its current computation CPU-bound, GPU-bound, ...
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Why don't computers work at the speed of light? [closed]

Pretty simple question. Computers are made using electronics which uses electricity which I presume travels at the speed of light. If all the components are connected at this speed, why does my ...
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What is the fastest way to move a million images from one directory to another?

I have a million images totally 30gb of disk space that need to move from one local directory to another local directory. What will be the most efficient way? mv? cp? rsync? Something else? ...
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Poor Flash performance on Mac OS X?

I've been using Mac OS for almost 3 years now. What I have noticed couple of months ago, and what annoys me more and more over time, is that any Adobe Flash applications, content or adverts on website ...
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Easiest way to time a command line tool

What is the easiest/quickest way to time a command line tool? It doesn't have to be super accurate (+/- seconds is okay) since I expect this to take minutes or even 1 hour+. And writing a batch file ...
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Should I use “Raid 5 + spare” or “Raid 6”?

What is "Raid 5 + Spare" (excerpt from User Manual, Sect 4.17.2, P.54): RAID5+Spare: RAID 5+Spare is a RAID 5 array in which one disk is used as spare to rebuild the system as soon as a disk fails ...
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Snow Leopard sluggish after upgrade from Leopard

I recently upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard on my white Macbook (mid-2007) and immediately noticed a bunch of performance issues: Finder is a lot slower at displaying the Applications folder. ...
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Will an SSD speed up an Atom-based netbook?

I have an Asus EEE PC 1000H, which I bought for its light weight and great battery life. However, it is painfully slow. Judging by the constant flickering of the HDD light, disk I/O looks like a ...
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Does Seven suffer of a performance decrease compared to Windows Vista?

I have to format and reinstall Windows on an old laptop (bought around 3 years ago) because of usual degradation of performance of Microsoft operating systems.. The computer had Windows Vista and I ...
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Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?

So a typical ssd will have a read speed of 250 - 500 mb / second. And a ram will have about 10x than that. My question is: Can 4 ssds with raid-0 be faster than a single ram memory block for some ...
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Photoshop CS5 insane slow on Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I've bought a powerful machine, Intel I7 720Q with 8 GB RAM and 7200 RPM HDD and Radeon 5870 with 1GB VRAM, and after installing the new Adobe Master collection CS5 I found out, that both Photoshop ...
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SSD for Visual studio : Intel X25-m G2 or OCZ Vertex

looking for laptop upgrade, and thinking about SSD drive. Laptop would be Dell Studio XPS with T9400 as i can get one for a very good price. So i was thinking about replacing the built in 500 GB hdd ...
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Service Host: Local system (network restricted) is thrashing hard disk

I am having windows 8.1 with update 1 installed and all release updates of windows till the date i am posting this questions. System is laptop, Core i3 with 6 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk. When ever i ...
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Linux disk access slows down system

My system slows down even when the CPU load is less than 100%, and I think it's doing this because it's writing to the swap partition. Yes, my swap partition is on a different disk than my OS. I ...
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Thunderbird very slow with Gmail

I'm using the latest version of Thunderbird with 3 Gmail accounts. Every time I launch it it seems it's downloading all my messages again. I've compacted folders (is the action working for the 3 ...
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Profiling your windows operating system

I am boggled when I click on an application in windows and have to wait 10 seconds for it to respond. I wonder "you can run 16 billion instructions a second, what are you doing that keeps you from ...
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Practical RAID Performance?

I've always thought the following to be a general rule of thumb for RAID: RAID 0: Best performance for READ and WRITE from stripping, greatest risk RAID 1: Redundant, decent for READ (I believe it ...
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Running OS off a dedicated Hard Drive

What do fellow users feel about the strategy of having a dedicated OS hard drive for a PC? Basically all the Windows and Program Files are on one, high performance, disk whereas your data is stored on ...
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Does the amount of available free disk space in Windows (XP only?) impact performance?

I remember reading that when the available free disk space falls below 10% of the total disk space on the computer, performance is degraded. If true, can someone explain this in more depth than what ...
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Install 64-bit Ubuntu or 32-bit?

I'll be receiving a new notebook in a few days and was planning on running Ubuntu on it as it's compatible and the notebook has no OS pre-installed. The specifications are: Core 2 Duo, T6600, 4 GB ...
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Why is building a solution slower on a Core i7 than on a Core i3 processor?

Background: We have a C# solution with 49 projects and it uses VS2005 SP1 (didn't upgrade to higher version due to old version of Syncfusion 4.x lib). The project uses Ant with ISharpCode zip library ...
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What is the actual meaning of turbo boost?

I'm buying a laptop for $849.99 and it purports that the i5-450m chip "turbo boosts" up to 2.66ghz, 4 threads, and 3m cache. Is this an idealized claim, or will it actually dramatically improve ...
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Windows, why your 8 GB of RAM feel like a few MB?

I'm on Windows 7 x64 with 4-core Intel i7 and 8 GB of RAM, but lately it feels like my computer's "RAM" is located solely on the hard drive. Here is what the task manager shows: The total amount ...