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What is the “real-life” noticeable difference between different processors with similar architectures? [closed]

Quick background: I'm looking for a new laptop - my old one which had a Core i7 (and died after a year) didn't overwhelm me with its speed, so I figure I shouldn't get anything worse than an i7 in ...
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Can I improve download-speed by connecting two 4g-routers? [duplicate]

I have mobile Internet at home with one Huawei B593 4g-router. When it works it's pretty fast, around 17 Mbits/s down, but the service is unstable and I would frankly like it even faster. If i get one ...
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Trying to Locate a Broadband internet connection speed test [closed]

I have been trying to locate a program or even a short cut to a Internet Connection Speed Test. How do I download one or where can I find one and just make a short cut to it? Thanks so very Much! Phil ...
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What's more important for a 3D CAD program, GHz or QPI? [closed]

We are getting ready to buy a Xeon-based workstation for a coworker who will be using Pro/E 3D CAD software. For the processor we need to choose between an E5-1607 (3 GHz with 0 GT/s QPI) or an ...
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Enabling wifi adapter causes slow laptop until reboot OR while AC adapter is plugged out

It's been a couple of weeks now that I feel that my pc is feeling slower than usual. Not just network related things but just about everything gets a delay (timings at the end of the post). It's like ...
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what would better improve a notebook's performance, a 4GB DDR3 or a 100GB SSD [closed]

I am using thinkpad E430 with win8 as my primary workstation. The notebooks bears lots of computing and programming tasks and I need to alternate between vmware guest os(linux) and my host win8 quite ...
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Use VPN to make upload better

Today I found a couple of video on youtube that showing how to upload videos faster on youtube, by using PrivateTunnel a technology based (i think) on OpenVPN. How can improve the upload speed? It ...
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Does archive size of tar, zip and rar effect the time it takes to delete a file from it?

Does it take a longer time to delete files from a large tar zip and rar archive than a smaller one? I would think that for a file to be deleted from an archive, all the data that exists after the ...
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Can I speed up my hard drive at all? [closed]

Here are my specs. General Information : SMART : Version 1.1 Information Hard Disk # Manufacturer : Seagate Model : ST750LM022 HN-M7 Serial Number : S2SUJ9BC Revision (Firmware) : 2A Serial ATA ...
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If RAM is cheap, why don't we load everything to RAM and run it from there?

RAM is cheap, and much faster than SSDs. It's just volatile. So why don't computers have a LOT of RAM, and on power up, load everything to the RAM from the hard drive/SSD and just run everything from ...
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Slow speed on Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller - HP Pavilion 64 bit

I recently upgraded my internet speed to 90 mbs but when I run a speedtest on my computer, it never gets over 50 mbs. I've had the ISP company over here a few times, they've tested everything and have ...
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How to speed up scrolling in windows 7?

When I scroll a list for example in Total Commander Synchronize Dirs, or in a text file with its Lister, scrolling is very slow, if I do multiple scrolls at once. The problem is that if the lines I ...
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Why can I transfer only 35 MB/s to my USB 3.0 external hard disk?

I bought a Seagate Expansion portable disk (1 TB). I am using a Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) laptop which has 2 usb 3.0 ports. But when I transfer files to my above mentioned portable drive I do not get ...
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DSL vs Cable internet?

So I am not quite sure of the differences. I have read that DSL is fed into the home via the phone line, and cable is, of course, through the cable jacks. I currently have a 30Mbps cable connection ...
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How to determine number of tests performed by CPU per second?

My context is that for exam on encryption methods I need to calculate estimated time taken for brute force attack to succeed. Therefore I need make an assumption about the system used to crack the ...
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How do I check my dropdowns and the corresponding vlookup quickly?

When I click into a dropdown in Excel I have a list of options that i can highlight through, but until I click the option the vlookup formula (which looks up the description and price) doesn't update. ...
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Troubleshooting slow mac

We've got a Macbook which we are looking to replace its a 2008 alu unibody model with the 2.0 GHz CPU. Rcently Ie noticed it is running really slow. I run quite a few programs at the same time on it ...
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Linux Shell Speed/Bandwidth Limit

I use Debian 6 - 64bit and I've been using "trickle" for limiting my download/uploads speed on different kinds of programs like "wget" or "ftp". But now I want to reduce speeds for different kinds of ...
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What is the equivalent of Preload from Ubuntu to Windows? [closed]

Is there a software like Preload from Ubuntu, but for Windows 7? I can't seem to find one.
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Why is deletion speed in Windows periodic often?

Just out of interest, what is the reason for deletion times to be periodic often? In Windows 8, the deletion dialogue window shows deletion speed in a diagram. If there is no reason, of course that ...
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What does “Irq14=4096” do in System.ini

I found the article "Increase Speed of Harddisk" and it says that you have to add the line Irq14=4096 after [386Enh] in the System.ini file to increase your hard disc speed. Many people have tested ...
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My internet provider is limiting my download speed but not browsing speed, How can I overcome that? [closed]

I'm connecting to internet through ppp connection which gives me a speed of ~ 1 mB/s for browsing and a speed of exact (no less or more) 50 kB/s for downloading. but when using socks server (Tor), it ...
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ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs 13.04? which is faster and more stable? [closed]

I have an Asus U36SG with i5, 4GB RAM, nVidia 610M 1GB video with 12.04 LTS installed. Somethimes the sistem crashes when I browse in Chromium with more than ~50 tabs. I wonder if 13.04 is faster or ...
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How can I tell if my FireWire port is 400 or 800? (Linux)

I know this sounds very similar to How do I tell if my firewire connection is running as 400 or 800?, but the difference is, I don't have a FireWire device yet. The whole reason I'm asking is that ...
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(Linux - Ubuntu 13.04) Incredible slow SSD with small files

Ever since I got my SSD (Crucial M4 - 256gb) I've had an issue that it would write as slow as running Windows 7 on a 486 whenever it's doing something with small files. I managed to "fix" this in ...
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How can a torrent be downloaded faster than the speed of my Internet connection?

I have a 256 kbit/s connection and normally see download speeds around 30 kilobytes/second. However, sometimes when I download torrents the download speed shows as 1.1 MBps. How is this possible?
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how do you determine the amount of RAM that will actually be used When referring to how a OS sees RAM [duplicate]

When choosing what RAM to install on a computer and what OS to run how do you determine the amount of RAM that will actually be used and not just recognized? for example here is my machine: How did ...
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Is there a way to tell what the download speed is from a site/server

i'm looking into which ISP i should go with at the place i'm moving into, one ISP which i have been told good things about has data limits (which when breached will drop your speed to dial-up speed) ...
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USB transfers very slow (kB/s range only)

However When plugging my USB 2.0 flash drive into the USB 3.0 port of one of my laptops running W8 Im only getting around 2.5 kB/s! sometimes if its a larger transfer it will trail of to nothing at ...
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Slow execution of linux service mtab.sh

I'm trying to speed up the boot time of my raspberry pi with raspbian. With the program bootchart (which makes a graph of the running time of the services at start up) I have seen that the mtab.sh ...
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What is it that is making my computer slow? [closed]

My computer loads programs so slow! not mention my internet. Everything is slow, and I can't figure out what it is. By looking at the specs, I see no reason why this pc couldnt be running at an 'OK' ...
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Does the Excel IF statement make a calculation sheet faster than using IFERROR?

My scenario is that I have a "Dashboard" style sheet that looks up data from a large table based on the cell in column B which is always to its left. The cell in column B contains an INDEX, MATCH, IF, ...
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Why is a failing hard disk slow?

From my currently failing hard drive, I know that I'm erasing it with a write speed of around 300kB/s cause of at least of few bad sectors I'm curious about what exactly causes this slow write speed? ...
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Video with speed (from GPS log)

is there any way to log GPS information on Android and then put it into video which shows speed? Something like this Brno circuit onboard video I have an Android device where I want to log speed and ...
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Larger capacity of HDD means it is slow? [duplicate]

1Tb HDD is slower than 500GB if the other parameters are equal? Actually what parameters define the speed of HDDs?
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Does Unix grep work faster with long or short search terms?

Is it faster to look for long or short search terms? Or does it affect speed at all? In other words, should you make search terms as exact as possible? There are more than 100 000 files and each file ...
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Is there a way to prioritize network speeds on networked applications?

Just as there is "high priority, normal priority etc" or "niceness" for cpu time, is there a way to do something like this for a network card/internet? For example If I am downloading a file from my ...
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How to control fans rpm manually on Intel DP43BF motherboard

Wonder of how can I manipulate fans' rpm on Intel BP43BF motherboard manually? I've found in Bios only setting to disable automatic fan speed manipulation, but there isn't any way to set rpm speed. ...
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UTP Cat-6 low speeds

I've got a UTP Cat-6 ethernet installation with a Linux server in one end, my PC in the other and three gigabit switches in between. Recently I changed the cable from a normal Cat-5 to an UTP Cat-6, ...
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How do I lower Chrome's memory usage? [duplicate]

Chrome is fast and all, but seriously? I only have 3 regular tabs open and the settings tab. I'd trade a little speed for some RAM. How can I make Chrome use less memory? Update The about memory ...
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All fans spinning at maximum speed with Linux

I installed Fedora 18 on my desktop computer and I've got an issue. All the fans are all the time spinning at maximum speed. Like, you know, when my computer boots they are too, which is normal ...
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Over gigabit connection, Teracopy does 31MB/s, but Windows 8 does it at ~109MB per second?

I got my brain-melting first taste of Gigabit networking today, between my 2011 MacMini and Windows 8 Pro desktop connected via Cat.5e to Linksys WRT320N(sporting dd-WRT). After making sure that the ...
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How come writing varying file sizes results in varying speeds? [duplicate]

Here is some output from the dd command: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=test.file bs=10M count=1 1+0 records in 1+0 records out 10485760 bytes (10 MB) copied, 0.130214 s, 80.5 MB/s $ dd if=/dev/zero ...
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Why DVD writers only have 24x write speed? [closed]

I remember CD writers get's twice the speed, now it seems DVD writers can only do up to 24x write speed if internal, and just 8x if it's a portable writer. It's been years since and it seems stuck on ...
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Why one torrent slow and others fast?

I've noticed that torrents with a lot of seeds are downloaded with the slow speed (10-50 Kb/s). Why does it happen? For example, I'm downloading 3 torrents with uTorrent 3.3: Seeds: 17 of 168 (512 ...
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Bash Fastest Way to Rewrite Screen

I am using bash on Mac OS X as well as Lubuntu. One of the annoying things about when I make console applications is that clear will add a whole (x-number) of lines to the console. And then I ...
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SATA3 6Gb/s HDD vs SSD [closed]

So I know a SATA3 handles a maximum speed of about 750MB. But when comparing this HDD and this SSD, what would be the difference in terms of read/write speed. Won't they both be using the SATA3 busing ...
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Are these two RAM chips compatible together? [closed]

I have Kigston KVR1333D3N9/2G in the motherboard already. I wish to add G Skill [ Ripjaws ] F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL (4Gx1) Question is, will these two chips work together? Please guys, I need help. ...
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How to measure actual USB3 port speed?

Not all USB3 ports are created equal. I have a friend who develops embedded hardware that interfaces with USB chipsets. He told me that most USB chipsets that are slightly faster than USB2 (480 ...
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Very slow old notebook laptop- wiping and reinstalling does not help - suggestions? [closed]

So I have an old very small Sharp notebook laptop which is unusably slow. I thought wiping everything and reinstalling windows xp which was originally on it would help but it did not. Only DOS runs ...