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21 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kromacast View Post
Thank you all for your replies.

It seems pretty much unanimous that an SSD is the solution.

Just to be more clear about my HW, I bought 2 WD Scorpio Blue 500GB 7200RPM HDDs available here. I have them set up in RAID 0 (typo in my original post) via the on board RAID controller(AMD SB850). It was my understanding that I would see better performance from my HDDs if I had them setup with striping.

I am comparing my speed with the tower that I started working on. The specs of my old system were AMD Sempron 2.6GHz single-core processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB WD 5400rpm HDD, Geforce 8800GS 256MB Video Card. This machine worked well enough for what I was doing but I wanted something that would last through some future projects that I have.

The issue is that I am not seeing a whole lot better performance from my new machine in comparison. The new one is waaaaaaay better with multi-tasking but, the graphical capabilities are not (yet) worth the money that I paid for the upgrade.

That is my dilemma. I mostly run the adobe CS5 suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, Bridge). The OpenGL animations in Photoshop are choppy even though I have a graphics card that exceeds the requirements.

What I am looking for for help is whether or not there are some adjustments that I can make to windows, drivers, bios, etc that will make my system run smoother.

Again, I thank everyone for their comments and advice. Criticism is also welcome.

That is not a Scorpio Blue (which is a 2.5" laptop drive) that you have, but a 3.5" Caviar Blue. Hence all of the confusion. Those are pretty decent 7200 rpm drives, though not the greatest seek times.

You should also know that even though you have a lot of memory, photoshop will write to its scratch disk for lots of operations and you cannot stop it from doing that. For instance, on my machine which is quite fast, for sharpening a 10MP file it takes 3 seconds. This is because it writes hundreds of MB sequentially to its scratch disk while doing the sharpening. Even if you get an SSD, it might not help this, depending on the SSD you get. Almost all SSDs will gve fast boot and startup because they have fast sequential read and random access. However many low to middle tier SSDs have no better, or worse, sequential writes speeds than hard drives. So, in order to see significant improvements in these many operations that write to scratch disk, you will want an SSD that has at least twice the performance of Hard drives on sequential writes - around 200MB/s or faster. These are not cheap. I would think Photoshop operating would be more important to you than startup (after the first startup of Photoshop it will be opened quickly from memory anyhow).

BTW, CS5 bridge is pretty fast for me and I have thousands of photos. It is in the tuning of the options. CS4 bridge was a bit of a dog though.

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21 Mar 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Thank you all for your comments.

It looks as though I will be joining the ranks of SSD users in the not too distant future.

My mistake on those HDDs, caviar blues.


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