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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Performance Of Intel Core i5 3470: HD 2500 Graphics Tested

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/...aphics-tested/1

"Intel's Core i5-3470 is a good base for a system equipped with a discrete GPU. You don't get the heavily threaded performance of the quad-core, eight-thread Core i7 but you're also saving nearly $100. For a gaming machine or anything else that's not going to be doing a lot of thread heavy work (e.g. non-QuickSync video transcode, offline 3D rendering, etc...) the 3470 is definitely good enough."

Many of our readers are interested in detailed specifications and performance analyses of CPUs and GPUs. There are few better than AnandTech to conduct a through analysis, as they have done for this new Intel Core i5 chip. Their conclusion? It will work fine for you if your computing requirements are limited to activities like video transcoding, but if you are a game player you will need to look at some of their other chips to get satisfactory performance.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Help For Tweaking Your Startup Applications

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5718799/know-...plications-list

"If no one in your family got a shiny new Windows PC for Christmas this year, they've already probably roped you in to do some maintenance on their computer, which probably involves heading into MSConfig. Unfortunately, digging into MSConfig can be pretty daunting, even if you know your way around Windows."

I see it happen with a lot of people's computers. When they get it fresh from the computer nursery, its peppy and fast. The computer starts up promptly and is ready to do your bidding with hardly a pause. Then, years, months or even sometimes days later, it acts like reticent cat and takes much longer to perform the simplest of operations like running CityVille. It was much worse years ago, when computers were slower and had much more limited resources but I still find it happening today. It just usually takes much longer to add enough background programs to eat up all the cores and all the gigabytes of RAM found in modern computers.

Cleanup is a good policy, just like spring cleaning, but for your computer. The biggest problem I find with preventing startup jam (don't get me started with Internet Explorer toolbars) is not the computers themselves but the users. People whose computers are in that situation often want to keep many of those programs whatever they do and however it impacts their system. It is almost enough to make one conveniently "forget" how to do tech support.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Now Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:39 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...wnload-now.aspx

"We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! (Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day. We're also announcing today that Dell will be the first global PC manufacturer to ship PCs with Windows Live Essentials 2011 and Windows 7 pre-installed, just in time for your holiday purchases. Many other PC manufacturers are also planning to make Windows Live Essentials 2011 available and we'll continue to keep you updated as they start releasing."

I can't find a list of exactly what's new compared to the beta - one presumes it wasn't just bug-fixing - but, regardless, the 2011 suite of Live products is ready for download. It's a bit too early for me to tell if they've fixed some of the really ugly and really frustrating problems with Live Sync Mesh. After installing the new Sync Mesh client on all my computers, I've watched as it tells me it needs to re-sync tens of thousands of files (in my case, well over 40K files) - but in reality, it's simply re-indexing them all across my machines.

Unfortunately, some serious performance hits come with this re-indexing - my machines are noticeably sluggish while this process is under way, and it's a process that can take hours and hours to complete if you have a large library. The performance hits of the beta seem to be a little less painful; while I saw the MOE.exe process use up to 61 MB/s of hard drive throughput at one point, it has settled down to the 3 MB/s to 18 MB/s range and rarely goes above 20% CPU usage. This is better than it was, but it still makes my PCs feel like they're under-clocked to 400 Mhz. Once this ugly re-sync process is completed, I'll get a better feeling for how well the new Sync Mesh client works.

UPDATE: It's been a few hours since I installed the software, and the Live Sync re-indexing is just brutal...I'm actually going to shot a video about it just to demonstrate how ugly the performance hit is. I'm extremely disappointed in the quality of the Live Mesh product and will be looking for an alternative solution. I'll do a different post about that...

UPDATE #2: I've managed to get Live Mesh working properly, but it took a long time and a bit of effort. After installing the final 2011 software, I let my machines sync for over 24 hours...and they still weren't finished! It's like the software was caught in a death spiral because the libraries were so large (about 40,000 files in total). I disabled all of the libraries except for one, and once I did that, it started to respond normally. Once that library was finished, I enabled the next one, waited for it to update, then went on to the next library. While this was happening, my systems were practically useless due to the system load that Live Mesh places upon it. Now when Live Mesh is running a sync, I can definitely see my system slowing down, but unless I'm synching a huge number of files, the process is finished fairly quickly. I'll be sticking with Live Mesh for now, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for alternatives because Live Mesh leaves much to be desired...


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Looking for Performance Benchmarks? Check out Tom's Hardware

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/

Tom's Hardware is one of the best sites out there for really understanding computer hardware, and they have a section I hadn't noticed before: the Performance Charts. They've collected benchmark information from their various reviews and plugged the results into this system, and it allows you to look at a particular category of hardware (say, hard drives) and drill down to see exact benchmark results - like the read performance using h2benchw for instance. It makes it much easier to pick the exact hardware you want!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Which AV Software Is Best At Removing Malware

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:00 AM

http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatc...es_anti-mal.php

"Last week AV-Comparatives.org released the results of their recent "Whole Product Dynamic Test" - a test challenging anti-malware products to protect test systems as if in the real world. This week they've got a new one for us - a performance test on the same collection of products. The virus experts timed a variety of commonplace actions with and without each product installed and compared the results to determine which had the least impact on system performance."

Image courtesy of www.sunna.info

PC Mag have posted a blog entry about a recent test by AV Comparatives comparing the different Anti-Virus products on the market, and how they perform when dealing with malware. The usual big boys are the best performers in this test, but what surprised me is how well Microsoft Security Essentials did in comparison. Considering MSE is a free product then this is the package I will be making sure my family install on their PC's, after all, I am the one they call when something is wrong! Have a look and see how the product you are using performs.


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