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Bluray Drives: 2x vs 4x vs 6x vs 8x read/write speed comparison

I couldn't find a duplicate question, but I was wondering what the differences are between different read/write speeds for Bluray drive. I'm planning on buying one for a build but don't know if I can ...
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RAM Quantity vs Speed [on hold]

I'm looking to buy some new DDR3 ram for my computer and I have 4 slots on my motherboard with a maximum size of 32GB. In terms of speed, is it better to get 4 8GB ram modules or to get 4 2GB? Or a ...
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What is a 1GBps port speed?

I have a question about a way I can measure download speed of my server in my case. Basically I have a dedicated server at Namecheap and I purchased the 1GBps port speed. (Not to advertize). But when ...
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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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Testing symmetrical high-speed Internet connections

Is there a tool that I can use on a sever that will allow me to measure throughput for symmetrical circuits on a closed controled network to a select group of clients? If not how do I go about ...
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KB/s: distinguish KByte/s and KBit/s [duplicate]

When I see a transferspeed given as KB/s i always wonder which of the following the "author" means: Kibibyte/s (=1024*8=8192 bit/s) Kibibit/s (=1024 bit/s) (does this even exist?) Kilobyte/s ...
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How would a broadband supplier “increase” the speed of slow internet?

I have a friend who recently got a cable broadband connection. The internet man told him, if you get slower than X mbps speed, just call me, and we will increase the speed. How does that work really? ...
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Is it a good idea to tweak the hosts file to speed up internet browsing?

Yesterday I came across a Firefox extension called Speed DNS which claims to speed up browsing by performing DNS lookups in advance. According to the author, it "does DNS pre-resolution of all the ...
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How are CPUs so freakin fast

I am going through a book on C and it said "Write a program that counts from 1 to 300 million, printing the number only if it is a multiple of 100 million. Use a stopwatch for fun to time the ...
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How to tell if an empty PCI Express slot is 1.0, 2.0 etc? (general test, or enquiry command, not refer to spec)

Is it possible to run a test on an empty PCI Express slot to definitively determine that the slot is PCI Express 2.0 or not? My reason for asking is to see if I get the most out of USB3.0 with my ...
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Does speed enhancement software actually work? [duplicate]

Here on the Internet, we see many ads promoting software products which can enhance your Internet speed. I wonder, how could this be? Imagine that you are using a 1 Mbps Internet connection, and the ...
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Slow internal disc to disc file transfer speed

I ran the HDTune drive monitor while I was transfering about 80 GB of various sized files, most of which was running about 40 MB/s, but you can see where it spiked down to under 1 MB/s. ...
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Copy to USB drive stutters, is very slow

I am using Windows 8 64-bit and I have several USB thumbdrives. Whenever I try to copy files to any of them, the transfer starts out at about 17 MB/s, then goes to 19 MB/s, then drops to 5 MB/s and ...
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What is ideal internet speed for remote desktop connection?

My question and situation is similar to Recommended Connection Speed for Remote Desktop question but I need a little more info. I know that lag can be a factor in working on remote desktop. Lets ...
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What regulates Intel SpeedStep CPU throttling? Can I get some control of this on Windows7?

I’m trying to get a big virtual disk file compressed (using WinRar) before I go home today, but my CPU frequency keeps merrily going up and down between the nominal 2.8 GHz and a measly 800 MHz! The ...
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Change CD drive read/write max speed

I have a Toshiba Satellite C855D Windows 8 laptop. The CD/DVD drive seems to be a little unbalanced. When I put a disc in the drive, it begins to read the disc and speeds up over several seconds. ...
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Is copy speed depends on or vary with file-types?

I want to know is file-copy speed is depends-on / vary-with file-types? For same size file but difference in type of file (Ex: exe, dll, zip, ppt etc.). If It is depends then Why/How?
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Why does my Internet slow to a crawl unless I reboot my router every few days?

A few weeks ago, I noticed that my Internet connection had slowed down to a crawl. I waited a few days hoping it would go away on its own, but it didn't get better. So I asked this question about how ...
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I have a 512 Mb RAM Pentium 4 processor 80 GB hard disk [closed]

I got an old RAM of 512 Mb from my friend. What are the precautions to be taken while changing the RAM? What are the minimum checking's to be done? Can i change it directly?
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analyizing why wifi / internet connection is slow

We've got around 10mb download internet which we connect to over wifi, we have about 8 machines / devices connected at any one time. The internet speed ranges from ok to bad depending when you use it. ...
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Gnu Emacs on Windows 7 very slow when VPN connection is used

I'm using Gnu emasc 24.3 on Windows 7 and normally I don't have any problems with speed/responsiveness. I'm launching Emacs with the runemacs.exe However, when I am travelling and try to connect to ...
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Relationship between RAM & processor speed

RAM is just used for temporary storage. But since this storage is in the cpu memory (RAM) it is fast. Programs can easily read/write values into it. I've noticed more the RAM less time it takes for ...
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What's the maximum typical speed possible with a USB2.0 drive?

I'm getting only 30MB/sec between my computer and a USB drive, despite the fact that USB 2.0 supports 480Mb/sec (or 60MB/sec) transfers. (Therefore, I'm only getting half the rated speed) Is there ...
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Slow internet only on my mac - same ethernet gets 100mbs on other laptop

Wondering if someone could help me diagnose a network problem. My Macbook pro running OSX seems to have a connection bottleneck. I have 100mbs on my other laptop but when I take the same Ethernet ...
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Do certain laptops, say Macbooks, have significantly better hardware buses than others?

Many modern laptops do not allow one to change the memory banks, as they are welded in, especially ultrabooks and Macbooks seem to have this 'feature'. I've heard that sometimes this idea is ...
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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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How do modern smartphones compare to Apollo mission computers? [closed]

I saw an article some time ago that compared smartphones to the computers that had put mankind on the moon. I can't remember the exact comparison and I can't find an accurate comparison online, as ...
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How can I detect if an online backup service is doing IP-based throttling?

I live on a campus in the US and I am trying to understand why my upload speed to the online backup service Backblaze on area Y of the campus is 10 times slower than on area X of the campus (20000 vs ...
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Autohotkey … modifying the mouse/touchpad pointer speed?

Is there any way (using autohotkey or not) to create a shortcut (two, actually) for modifying the mouse/touchpad pointer speed ? I have two mices, and one touchpad, which I use alternatively ... and ...
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Router slowing down to a crawl

Recently I upgraded my 2Mbps ADSL connection to a 6Mbps ADSL2+. Ever since this has been happening: After a router reset, the connection from modem to router is at a speed of 6Mbps for around 15 ...
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Is it safe to use RAM sticks with different frequencies?

I have two RAM sticks: one 533 MHz and one 667 MHz. Is it safe to use both of these in the same system?
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How to give 100 percent CPU usage to a process

(windows 8.1 machine with i3) Is it possible to put a process using 100% of my CPU? I have a rather "slow poke" CPU and after a while working with an application, it gets really slow. I'm wondering ...
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Internet speed is 512 kbps but it gives only 60kbps speed

My internet speed is about 50-60 kbps but on company plan and there website it shows that Internet speed provided is 512 kbps can anyone explain this?
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Windows 7 download speed slow through router

I am using Windows 7. When I plug in the Internet connection directly to windows 7, its download speed can get up to 60Mbps. However, when I connect Windows 7 through my Linksys Router, the download ...
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What does the MHz of RAM really mean?

Countless of times I've heard and read that RAM-memory can have different speeds - denoted as MHz (e.g. 1066 MHz). However, what this frequency really is has never been explained to me and I'm having ...
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Does SSD drive really speed up overall performance of computer?

Mostly when I talk to other people or check other discussions on forums, people insist that SSD ( Solid State Drive ) boosts overall computer performance big time. I however cannot fully understand ...
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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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Nginx + pagespeed - images delay

I got nginx + pagespeed setuped and I'd like to know, where can be a problem with delivering image from my server. According to this: ...
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Poor wireless performance after WiFi printer intstall & uninstall

A few weeks back I installed a Canon WiFi printer, which caused all manner of issues with my laptop's COM ports (see - Cannot Delete Unwanted COM ports - Windows 7). Unfortunately by the time I ...
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Is it possible to increase my downloading speed on IDM?

I'm using 2g mobile service for internet so speed is very low. I got the 20-30 Kbs downloading on IDM and same time its gone under the 20 Kbs. So my question is there is nay way to stable the ...
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My internet connection is running incredibly slowly

I should be getting 5.0Mbps, but instead I'm getting around 0.65Mbps. Something's wrong here.. any suggestions to fix it would be helpful. Interestingly, it's only download speeds which are ...
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Data transfer speed in between two routers

I have two routers (bridged) setup at home to cover both ends of the house. The two routers is connected through power line. While the speed is acceptable for general use (browsing, emailing etc) but ...
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What does PCI (not PCI-E) bus speed of 66MHz really mean?

According to this article , the bus is the circuit that connects the motherboard . The faster the speed of the bus , the quicker data can be transferred . Bus speed is measured in MHz (Mega Hertz) and ...
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Router and Modem “argument”

I have a Cisco EA4500 wireless router and a Ubee wired modem from Time Warner. Now I have nice speed when everything is alright, but when say a friend comes over the router connects to his phone and ...
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Two 2TB drives, why is dd is almost 8 times faster erasing one?

I have two 2TB drives: /dev/sde WCD WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 Firmware revision 80.00A80 (new consumer-grade WD Green series) /dev/sdf WCD WD2002FYPS-01U1B1 Firmware revision 04.05G05 (old pro-grade server ...
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Updating Torrent Trackers Rules

Hello to all the community. Question: If I Have A Couple Of Torrents That Have The Same Contents , and I Want to Update it's Trackers, is it necessary for these Torrents(contents) to Have The Exact ...
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How to remove unneeded features and extras on Windows 7? [duplicate]

My laptop came with preinstalled Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I can't change the OS on laptop, but Windows 7 Ultimate is much of an overhead for the computer and my intended use as well. Is there a way to ...
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IPCONFIG /registerdns on Windows increases Download Speed momentarily

I'm downloading a large video file, and it is downloading somewhere in the rage of 50-75 KB/s. I wanted to try and speed up the process, so - not really expecting anything - I flushed the dns cache ...
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Fast access to shared folder

Very often I need to access shared folder in another PC using Far Manager. To go via ALT+F1>>network takes too long, because it scans whole network. What is the faster way of doing that?
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RAM clock is incorrect

First time posting just built my first rig. I am having trouble though over clocking. This is my MOBO and CPU MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (MS-7821) Intel Core i5 4670K @ 3.40GHz I have this RAM TEAM ...