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The difference is probably going to be negligible. Option 1 could be faster due to less CPU context switching, but other factors will come into play too. As you observe yourself, the problem is that your OS has hundreds of threads running concurrently already so the CPU will be context-switching anyway. Which probably makes Option 1 no better than Option 2. ...


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Laptop (And certain desktop) CPUs simply have stronger cores. So a 1GHz desktop/Laptop CPU that has double the core performance of a 2GHz mobile will easily sweep the floor with the mobile CPU. source(there are also more posts on the topic here)


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You should download and install Hard Disk Sentinel. This will check the health of your SSD For MAC: I have found a similar program for OS X, there is a paid and a free version. I don't know what are the differences exactly. It has a requirement: OS X 10.6+ link: http://binaryfruit.com/drivedx


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Will the performance of a USB hub connected directly to the motherboard be shared between the devices plugged into the hub? The hub is basically invisible. The hub's uplink ports still only have however much bandwidth they have, and that bandwidth can be used by the host to access any of the downlink ports. How is the power AND data speed ...


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Run resource monitor and look at the disk usage. At idle, it should be well under 1MB/s of transfer speed. Monitor any programs in the "Disk" section that are at very high disk usage - I often find Malware Bytes will run some kind of background task that abuses the page file and absolutely swamps my hard drive, while leaving memory usage and CPU relatively ...



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