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Windows 7: optimizing Win7 hardware performance

16 Mar 2010   #1

Win7 Pro x64
optimizing Win7 hardware performance

Hey guys,

I have some questions regarding performance tweaking for my system, I guess you can see my hardware specs as I have entered them during registration.

1.) RAM
- I run 8GB of RAM certified for 1066 5-5-5-15-1T @ 2.3V, however with these settings I get errors in Memtest86+. Is there anything I can do to get it running with 533Mhz or is that impossible with all 4 banks loaded (790GX AM2+ Chipset, latest BIOS, NB @ 2000 Mhz, 1.34V). When running 400Mhz, I can run 4-4-4-12-2T timings @1.82V, should I just be happy with these settings and forget about 1066?
- Can I disable the Windows 7 page file with 8Gigs RAM or should I keep it for older programs that depend on using it? If I keep it, what is a recommended size, right now I have reduced it from 8Gb to 500-1000MB?
- I don't really give that much about benchmarks, but once in a while I use them to evaluate the efficiency of hardware upgrades or other performance optimization measures. Is there any explanation for the fact that I seem to get slightly lower results with 8GB 4-4-4-12 than with 4GB 5-5-5-18 of the same RAM type?

2.) Voltage
In BIOS I can adjust voltages for CPU, RAM, NB and HT Link, but in AMD OverDrive (which I just use for monitoring) I find two voltage settings for each component (CPU VID/CPU VDDC; NB VID/NB Core Voltage) so which are the voltages I should be looking at when ppl talk about recommended voltage settings.

3.) CPU / OC
I can OC my Phenom II X4 940 from 3000 stock to 3400Mhz just by setting a higher multiplier without any temperature or stability issues. You always read that OC will reduce the life span of components but is that also true when I don't mess with voltages and/or FSB frequencies and when core temperatures remain around 40-50 degrees?

Thanks for your advice!

PS: Anything else you could recommend for performance tweaking that falls under the category 'mild OC', I'm not really a big fan of pushing my hardware to the most extreme limits but I'm always happy to squeeze a little bit extra juice out of my system?!

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