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I'm not impressed with the performance of new PC's -- What's up?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Alex Ethridge, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    I service newer and older computers every day and I can say without reservation that I am not impressed with the lack of performance gains in business systems in the last few years.

    I see almost zero difference in the performance of my own socket-478, 3-GHz systems and some of the latest systems I service that are greatly overbuilt, over-powered systems when used primarily for business applications.

    In contrast, it seemed performance gains being introduced 10 or so years ago were noticable in the extreme.

    What the "H" is going on with PC development?

    I feel I'm doing my customers a service when I advise them to buy and older computer for $100 or so (or a newly built one with older technology) and save their money, that buying a new one instead will only result in a lower bottom line and no perceptible gain in productivity.
     
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    It can be like that - if you have good spec PC running XP - problem willl be when you need a later OS to run programs and stay compatible with new hardware - so you do end up having to upgrade eventually
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

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    Seems like the hardware gets more capable and then along comes Microsoft and makes bloatware to bog it down. Or is it the other way around?

    Anyway, there is no gain, just change for the sake of change.
     
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    I would agree - saw that cycle a while back - also helps sell hardware
    i used to run access databases and all sorts of analysis - with 40MB of memory now i have a laptop with 4000MB (4GB)
     
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    The only thing I need more, MOre, MORE for is gaming and video processing (and to a lesser degree, audio processing), and if I were into running a bunch of VMs at the same time, I'd need more RAM than a 32-bit system could use. Other than that, my socket 939s (Athlon +4000s mostly) are every bit as capable, and I bet if I added a fast SSD to one of the older systems it would be amazing!

    Since business applications are decidedly light on gaming and video processing most of the time, I would agree with the premise of this thread whole-heartedly. :D
     
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    I would not really say there is little or no improvement. I use an old pentiumD 940 dual core for my server running win2k. The difference between that system and my personal amd quad core overclocked to 4gig is like night and day. The amd boots win7 in 12 seconds after post; about 20 seconds from pushing the pw button. The old pentiumD takes about 75 seconds to display a desktop from pw ON; quite a difference.

    The difference in running basic apps like office is not really noticeable however when running a game like ut3, again night and day.
     
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