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Huge PC performance increase without changing PCU and MB...

Postby Stany Buyle » Sun 21 Nov 2010 20:30

I recently got a stunning PC performance increasing without changing PCU and motherboard.
I use Win7 64bit as OS

While I don't want my enthusiasm to be seen as subjective I ran a PC performance test after every step.
For the performance test I used Performance test 7 from PassMark Software.
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The original configuration: MB: Socket 775-MSI platinium / PCU: Intel Core2 Duo E6750 / memory 4Gb RAM 800 / video card: Nvidea 8500 GT
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Score on the test:
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Modified configuration step 1:
  • 4GB RAM 800 replaced with 8GB RAM 1066:

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Score on the test:
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Modified configuration step 2:
  • 4GB RAM 800 replaced with 8GB RAM 1066:
  • Nvidea 8500 GT replaced with Nvidea 460GTX

Score on the test:

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Practical findings after this modification:
  • The difference in video applications and games is huge
  • The difference in PS and NX2 is hardly noticable

Modified configuration step 3:
  • 4GB RAM 800 replaced with 8GB RAM 1066:
  • Nvidea 8500 GT replaced with Nvidea 460GTX
  • C disk replaced with SSD 285 Mb/sec read-275Mb/sec write

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Score on the test:
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Practical findings:
  • Windows startup time became much faster. From about 1 minute with the original configuration to approx 15 second with the new configuration
  • A complete Windows7 64 bit install took about 20 minutes
  • Installation of software and applications goes incredible fast
  • Opening from applications which are loaded in your startup open instantaneous, other applications open much faster as well.
  • You don't hear the SSD working
  • Capture NX2 and PS work much faster.
  • TMHO the very significant performance increase of PS and NX2 is a result of the cache memory which is now located on my (very fast)C-drive(same drive as OS and programs) whereas on my former configuration I re-located the PS and NX2 cache towards another physical drive to win some speed. After modification step 1 where I changed and upgraded my RAM there wasn't much significant real world performance increase.
  • Real world performance increase of my PC "feels" like more than the 76% performance increase the PassMark test indicates...
  • This whole upgrade costed less than €500...


SSD is simply fantastic!
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Re: Huge PC performance increase without changing PCU and MB...

Postby James » Fri 3 Dec 2010 14:55

Yes, the limiting factor on most machines now is IO from the disk - which version of Photoshop are you using though - I'm surprised that the video card and RAM upgrade didn't make a big difference there if you're using a later version...

In Photoshop as well you need to tell is that it can use more RAM, I think by default it will limit itself to using about 3.5Gb.
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Re: Huge PC performance increase without changing PCU and MB...

Postby Stany Buyle » Wed 19 Oct 2011 07:52

A new PC, impressing results...

The configuration:
  • Intel core i7-2600K @ 3.4Ghz
  • 16Gb RAM
  • Sabertooth P67 motherboard
  • 2x 120Gb OSZ ssd 550 Mb/sec read/write
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460

The score on the passmark test:
3754,6

Practical experience in relation to photography related programs:

  • Capture NX2 opens very quick. Modifications take surprising little time. It's a pleasure to work with NX2 on such a PC.
  • PS CS5.5 and Bridge 5.1 simply fly
  • While working with both PS and NX2 processor seldom goes over 30% and memory keeps below 20%

And the test result after modification ofvirtual memory managementfrom 16Gb to 25540Mb:
3876 :!:
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Re: Huge PC performance increase without changing PCU and MB

Postby Steve Bingham » Fri 25 Jan 2013 19:55

Good post - I went there some time ago with Vista 64, now Windows 7 64.
Here a few more tricks:
1- Stuff your 64 bit machine with ram. I use 16 GB.
2- Load your startup and programs on a SSD. These are getting cheaper and cheaper!
3- Use a separate SSD drive as a PS CS6 scratch drive.
You will be amazed at the difference. As cameras like the Nikon D800e and D600 (as well as Canon and Sony models) open as larger and larger tiff files, they need more power. A 800e file with just 2 layers (and 16 bit) can be 420 mb!!!!! As PS CS6 recommends 3x the memory to make any changes, you can easily get over 1 gig. I have had some working files over 3 gig.

Working a D800e file on a laptop with only 2 gig to start with can be VERY disconcerting - if not impossible. Now the computer will be using your hard drive as a scratch disk. Talk about SLOW!
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