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Buy a computer for the upcoming years, not for today. Let's assume you are still at an university and that you probably want to get a computer for gaming purposes. In about a year you will graduate and have a very mobile life, but you're out of money to get a new laptop and the company laptop can't be taken home. Wouldn't you wish you had bought a laptop? ...


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Try stress It's pretty much an equivalent of the Windows consume.exe: oliver$ ./stress --cpu 3 stress: info: [18472] dispatching hogs: 3 cpu, 0 io, 0 vm, 0 hdd


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NTFS has this thing called a Master File Table. It sounds really cool when you read about it. You can see that ext3 performs alright up to about 95% disk use, while the existence of the MFT means that NTFS doesn't really want you to use more than 90% of your disk. But I'll assume that's not your problem, and that your problem is with the many operations on ...


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XBench is the de facto standard for Mac benchmarking - and it covers not just the hard disk, but almost every measurement metric on a computer.


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This will load your four cores at 100%: for i in 1 2 3 4; do while : ; do : ; done & done Edit: How it works is quite simple, it starts four endless loops. Each of them is repeating the null instruction (:). Each loop is able to load a CPU core at 100%.


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Compile the Linux kernel or GCC from source with: make -j N Where N is the number or cores + 1. You can do it in a loop in a bash script (make clean; make -j N) if you want a continuous load.


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I made a simple python script which does the same. You can control the number of cpu cores you want to load. The good thing about this is that it won't consume any other resource besides the cpu. (I think mark johnson's idea would consume a lot of I/O resources, which is undesired here.) from multiprocessing import Pool def f(x): # Put any cpu (only) ...


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The clock speed is only partially in charge of 'how much stuff gets done' (a.k.a. 'work'). To compare 2 CPUs you should check out CPUbenchmark.net and find both your old and your new CPU and compare the results. For example, a P4 with 3 GHz clock speed achieves a benchmark result of 491 (see here). the Core 2 Duo with 1.8 GHz clock speed achieves a result ...


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The drive you are testing (Intel 520) is based on a Sandforce controller, these controllers rely heavily on data compression to achieve the stated speeds. As a result you will happily saturate a SATA-III link when doing sequential tests on compressible data, however these speeds can drop by up to an order of magnitude (depending on the exact drive) when ...


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I always use HDTune. Simple, 'fast' and you can compare test results on their website.


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Take longevity into account when selecting components. If it will last 10 years, buy the best model. If 1 year, don't spend too much. Here's a rough breakdown from my PC: Chassis (11 years) Kinesis Keyboard (11 years) Audio Card (11 years) Power Supply (4 years) Motherboard (3 years) Memory (3 years) Graphics Card (3 years) Processor (2 years) Hard Disk ...


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Before You Go Shopping: Write down on paper EVERYTHING you need and everything you want! The last thing you want is to get enticed by a seemingly great laptop, for example, only to find out that it's missing a critical feature you really needed (e.g. a DVD drive, a high-resolution monitor, low weight, etc.) Regarding the specifics: How do I find out ...


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As it was said, ubcd4win with the integrated prime95 is a good solution. For a lighter solution you could use this linux distribution: stresslinux stresslinux is a minimal linux distribution running from a bootable cdrom, usb, vmware or via PXE (wip). stresslinux makes use of some utitlities available on the net like: stress, cpuburn, hddtemp, lm_sensors, ...


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Yes, you are looking for this list http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html Specifically http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html There is a new version every 1-2 months


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IOMeter is great for measuring disk performance, there are several sites available that carry reference tables (I used one for VMWare based PC's, so I suggest you google for alternatives :-) ) EDIT: Found a very nice table on Tom's Hardware, I'm guessing the "workstation" profile seems to fit quite well...


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How do I find out if a given CPU and GPU will be enough? As mentioned here already, buy for the future. If you are looking at a CPU or a GPU that meets the minimum requirement (or even the recommended requirement) for the games you want, go another step up if your budget permits. You will thank yourself in the long run when you aren't building another PC in ...


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As been pointed out already, clock rate has very little to do with how well a CPU performs. It all comes down to how many clock cycles that is necessary to execute a given instruction. This is called CPI (Cycles Per Instruction), and it's what measures a CPUs performance. So even though the Pentium 4 has a much higher clock rate it will be greatly ...


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I assume you are most concerned about the write performance, and that this test represents sequential write performance (520MB/s claimed), not random (which would be in the 250MB/s range). Basically, SSD write performance is significantly impacted by the availability of free, programmable blocks. You are ~90% utilized, so this may explain your issues. Have ...


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The quality of each program will depend on the connection of each person involved in the conversation, as well as the available hardware - not limited to, but including: Microphone (a poor quality microphone will sound even worse after being compressed and decompressed) Poor speakers Lower end sound cards / chips can reduce audio quality. If these ...


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Keep a hierarchy of needs in mind. Do you mostly game? Then you'll want the best CPU and graphics card you can afford. Those choices will determine the range of motherboards you can afford, which will affect RAM, connector possibilities, and other things, and everything combined will determine the sort of PSU you need. Do you absolutely need a specific port ...


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Well, you could install each antivirus on a fresh install of windows, find some test files for detection and than watch Task Manager or create a set of performance monitors in Windows... There are a lot of AV's out there and it would consume some time, though I would applaud your efforts and would like to see your findings. I would recommend looking at ...


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Having not yet found any software to do this, I wrote my own. It's pretty basic, though I may add more features later. Application Timer will load the installer or application you choose. When you click Run, it starts the application, and displays a timer. The timer stops automatically when the application closes, or if you manually kill the application or ...


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Two things immediately leap to mind. The first is as psusi already mentioned that the drive is really full. Besides the impact on write performance you suffer from the lack free blocks psusi talks about, there are two other effects as well. With a large drive like that, full to the brim, the FTL table will be huge so doing look-ups in it will be slow. ...


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right here; they compare what claims to be 53 different versions of this card Companies like nVidia and ATi have 'board partners' which build and sell cards based on their designs. In fact, all of nVidia's cards are sold in this way, nVidia does not actually sell cards themselves. ATi sells cards directly, but the vast majority of their business is ...


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Memtest86 - memory test software designed to test and stress test an x86 architecture computer's random access memory (RAM) for errors.


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You could use Ultimate Boot CD. Download and burn the ISO into a CD or put the contents into a bootable thumb drive. Boot from the CD/thumb drive. From the options which has several tools, you could select mainboard tools and then StressCPU test from there to stress test your CPU. Check this, for the list of tools available in this ISO.


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Open up the terminal and use the following command while true ; do iostat -w 2 ; done You will see something like this: 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 36 12 52 2.46 2.28 1.80 23.81 135 3.14 0.00 0 0.00 41 13 46 2.46 2.28 1.80 5.60 12 0.07 0.00 0 0.00 36 12 52 2.46 2.28 1.80 8.00 1 0.01 0.00 0 0.00 37 12 ...


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Of course! Iometer is still considered a very respected standard benchmark tool, and it is still used in popular hardware reviews. If it provides all of the statistics you need, go for it! If you're looking for newer tools, SiSoft Sandra is very popular among the benchmarking crowd:


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You can try: PassMark PerformanceTest. It tests all aspects of your computer including CPU,Hard Drive, RAM, GPU, Network, and Disk Drive. Displays detailed results. Free trial.



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