Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


question regarding specs that increase performance

  1. #11


    For the shear responsiveness of W8 an SSD is unequaled upgrade. Now, most of reluctance people have when thinking about upgrading to SSD comes from early models that had issues with price, durability and small capacities which are mostly solved in later models. Win8 is also aware of SSD presence and when doing a clean install on it there's very little you have to do except for stuff you did to a system with HDD. Most of the maintenance on SSD is done within the drive (garbage collection and optimization), the Trim command, vital to SSD maintenance and de-fragmentation are properly handled by system and except for ensuring that all is done properly there's nothing else that needs to be be done.
    As for number of processor cores and it's frequency, widows will not see great improvement going from, let's say dual to 4, 6 or 8 cores but certain programs that are multy threaded will. Therefore you have to look at the applications you use to see if you need more powerful processor, not the windows only.
    Amount of memory will also depend on kind and number of apps you use, with 1GB per core would be about minimum for non demanding work. Photoshop and like apps benefit greatly from larger amounts of memory but to some other ones there's no benefit at all.
    There's also the need ti distinguish between apps that are open at the time and them actually doing something at the same time. In the first instance, amount of memory is more important and in latter case, faster processor with more cores AND amount of memory would do good.
    I would suggest an app called "Meminfo" to check how much memory you are using at the time when all of your required programs are running and "Speedfan" that will show you how much of each core is used and with that data decide if and what you need more of.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I had a Toshiba satellite laptop that had an SSD drive in it. The owner had been running Defraggler which was messing it up. I delete it and install Raxco Perfect Disk, which optimizes it instead of defragging it. The system was much faster after I optimised the drive, but it really wasn't much faster than my Gateway laptop when I had the Hybrid drive in, which is part mechanical and part SSD.

    But I'm not referring to RUNNING an SSD Drive, I was referring to maintaining it. You can't use the same kinds of Hard Drive testing tools you use for regular mechanical drives, you have to use what the OEM has for it. I can use those tools on the Hybrid drive cos the data is on the mechanical portion of the drive, but on an SSD drive you can't use those. I'm not sure what to use, the Toshiba system had it's own software for checking the SSD drive.

    You absolutely can use the same kind of testing tools.

    Typically all they do is save files to disk, then read to check for integrity of the write.

    I'm on my 3rd SSD now, never used any sort of special software for maintaining/testing//benchmarking any of them.

    And a hybrid drive is nowhere near as fast as a proper SSD. My Samsung 840 Pro is about 5 times as fast as a seagate momentus XT.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Lol im running 12 instances of chrome, task manager, windows defender scan, control panel window, xampp apache & mysql server on. 1 chrome tab got youtube video playing music/music videos, skype & some more stuff.

    Processor: AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BE (3.2Ghz >> OC 3.4Ghz)
    Ram: 2x4gb 1333Mhz DDR3 CL9
    Hard-disk: Spinpoint 3.5 F3 7.2k 1TB

    Basically im programmer & i got dozens of stuffs opened all the time.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by Mursa View Post
    Lol im running 12 instances of chrome, task manager, windows defender scan, control panel window, xampp apache & mysql server on. 1 chrome tab got youtube video playing music/music videos, skype & some more stuff.

    Processor: AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BE (3.2Ghz >> OC 3.4Ghz)
    Ram: 2x4gb 1333Mhz DDR3 CL9
    Hard-disk: Spinpoint 3.5 F3 7.2k 1TB

    Basically im programmer & i got dozens of stuffs opened all the time.
    Do you have PF disabled ? I have similar setup, just a 965 BE @ 4.2GHz and same amount of memory, PF disabled without any ill effects despite bunch of programs running on 2 screens. Of course I have few programs that could benefit from more memory but when using them I just shut unnecessary ones until finished with them. Using "Meminfo" program to monitor memory usage I barely ever see memory getting saturated to the level when it would make a problem. There's also an SSD but with PF disabled it does not get into equation.
    In my experience, 1GB per core would be a minimum for comfortable work, 2GB/core a sweet spot and more than that just for programs that are really hungry for memory and just to accelerate them, not that they would not work with less.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    Been using ssd's since they came out. I currently have a couple of plextors, 2 sammy 840 pros, 1 sammy evo, a few M4's, couple of Intel 520's, you get the picture.

    I have never used anything to "maintain" them. They all have trim and GC and that easily suffices with just about any current ssd.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I had a Toshiba satellite laptop that had an SSD drive in it. The owner had been running Defraggler which was messing it up. I delete it and install Raxco Perfect Disk, which optimizes it instead of defragging it. The system was much faster after I optimised the drive, but it really wasn't much faster than my Gateway laptop when I had the Hybrid drive in, which is part mechanical and part SSD.

    But I'm not referring to RUNNING an SSD Drive, I was referring to maintaining it. You can't use the same kinds of Hard Drive testing tools you use for regular mechanical drives, you have to use what the OEM has for it. I can use those tools on the Hybrid drive cos the data is on the mechanical portion of the drive, but on an SSD drive you can't use those. I'm not sure what to use, the Toshiba system had it's own software for checking the SSD drive.
    That's just it, you don't need a specialized or any other tools to keep newer SSDs optimized on Win7 and 8. All you have to do is to confirm that AHCI is enabled in the BIOS and that in Windows TRIM is enabled and disk defragmenter is set to OFF for it. What you probably meant is to maintain disk clean so some space is saved because SSDs are still relatively small comparing to large HDDs that we are spoiled to have lately. It is nice to have a good amount of space free on SSD because of the way that GC works on them. You might also set the system up so you have less writing on it by changing the place of default temporary and downloaded files (music, pictures etc.) to a spinner drive if you have it in the computer.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
question regarding specs that increase performance
Related Threads
Hello everybody it's been a longtime. I recently found out a game of mine may have some stuttering problems due to it's audio being played without a discrete and/or external sound card of any type. So on your advice, i'd like to know if an external USB sound card can help with some of my...
Solved Ram performance after size increase in Performance & Maintenance
Hi, I was wondering how RAM is utilized by the system. I recently upgraded my DDR3 4GB Crucial Tactical Tracer 1866Mhz to 8GB. When Running Battlefield 4 (64bit) I kept the performance tab open in task manager and noticed that the Ram usage went up to about 3.2GB of the 8GB total, and...
Solved My System Specs And Win 8.1.1 in Installation & Setup
Hello I have attempted several times now to install Win 8.1.1 on a secondary partition on my main drive and it gets to "setup is starting" and sits there. I have use of the mouse, but the little circle that would normally spin isn't spinning, but it will move if i move the mouse. I have given up...
horrible performance, decent specs. in Performance & Maintenance
Right guys, so i'm using a fairly old P.C. I understand my P.C is not going to be lighting fast, but it should be somewhat usable right? Incorrect. My specs are: AMD ATHLONG 64 x2 5000+ 2.60ghz 1gb nvidia 9500gt 2gb ram some nvidia board, pretty old not high resolution screen, 1280x1024....
Solved WEI Performance Question in Performance & Maintenance
Hello, I am running W8 on a MSI KA780G motherboard with 4 GB of 800MHz ram. The processor is an athlon X2 6000+. My question is should I be experiencing better performance than indicated in the snippet posted below. I have an pata DVD, and a 160 GB Seagate SATA drive with onboard graphics. I...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook