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Memory performing TERRIBLY - HELP!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by spitshaw, Jan 21, 2006.

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  1. spitshaw

    spitshaw Thread Starter

    Dec 17, 2004
    A quick question to all the techies out there who may be able to help.

    Im running a SFF Pentium 4 Prescott 3.2ghz, 1024mb Kingston Ram with an 80 gig HDD and Windows XP SP2.

    My computer was top stuff and performing well. However, over the past 4months, i cant pick out an exact time when this started, it has been performing terribly. Freezing, taking ages to load things etc etc.

    Im free of spyware and viruses which iam sure of, so i dont know why this is.

    I recently ran a pc health check at pcpitstop and my memory pulled in at 1715mb/s, whereas apparently typical performance for my setup should be around 8475mb/s. My processor was also underperforming.

    Does anyone have any idea why this may be and how i can resolve it? Its bugging me as i need the pc to be performing well for music production and video editing.


  2. kronus


    Apr 15, 2004
    I'd start with a good can of air and blow out any dust buildup in the cpu heatsink. That might cure up your freezes.
  3. loserOlimbs


    Jun 19, 2004
    What programs have you used to rid yourself of Virus? Any more you want to run many apps, not just one.

    Other then that I would just go through the PC health checkup. Defrag HD, Disk check, delete temp files, can of air.

    As for the memory bandwidth, so far I have not really heard great things about that site, and a benchmark is only a benchmark, not a real indication of your real performance.

    As for other systems with your set up performing much better, it could be so many things, better RAM, OC, different HD cache. Its just not fair to benchmark similar systems and expect similiar results. My Athlon XP system according to a few benchmarks was everybit a Server as some of the better Servers out about a year ago, it was neck and neck with Xeons and Opterons.

    If your convinced something still isn't right, post your complete system specs, you can use a program like CPUz.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I'm guessing that a spyware/malware scan might be a good idea here.
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