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Windows 7: Performance - Limiting Factors?

11 Jan 2011   #11
tman69

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

have you checked your settings for the 'Page File'??

see this article--starting with 3rd post. (Your RAM usage seems excessive for what you're doing).

Having a problem with Excessive "modified" memory usage in Win7 x64, upwards of 3.6GB, any suggestions?


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11 Jan 2011   #12
jamiedolan

windows 8 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tman69 View Post
have you checked your settings for the 'Page File'??

see this article--starting with 3rd post. (Your RAM usage seems excessive for what you're doing).

Having a problem with Excessive "modified" memory usage in Win7 x64, upwards of 3.6GB, any suggestions?
Sometimes I think that FireFox has a memory leak, as it gets up to about 1.3 to 1.5 GB of ram, but when it does, I often have a lot of windows and tabs open. That's usually about the heaviest single app.

So the ram use looks legit to me, other than the times that FireFox looks on the high side.

On the paging files, I played with that a little bit, but set it back to system managed, which is the setting it has normally been on.
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11 Jan 2011   #13
jamiedolan

windows 8 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I might suggest looking into a SSD but it will make the programs and OS load faster but as all the data will still reside on the spinner and your saying that it hangs from time to time, this could still happen. You may want to test the drive for it's general health. I have moved to a Sata III SSD for my OS and App's. and man in my opinion it's been the biggest single component upgrade I've ever done. And as a 60-80gb SSD can be had for around $120.00 with more advancements in this coming soon this would be on my serious watch list !
I looked at the solid state drives for a while this afternoon, I saw some 120GB drives around $200 that were spec'ed at some pretty fast speeds.

As you mentioned, more advancements coming soon, I've been following a bit of the tablet scene. Rumor has it that a new Ipad will be released next month, with double the amount of memory, that means it will be at 128GB. I suspect many other tables will follow suit, which should drive down the prices of SSD's.

Are there other drives to consider with high transfer rates? Back in the late 90's when I was building servers, I would be using 10,000 to 15,000 RPM SCSI drives. I don't know if SCSI drives are even faster than the new IDE drives anymore.

I may start dealing with a lot more videos for a new project, if I do, I may have to just go ahead and get one of the 120GB SSD drives and give it a try.

I'm disabled many of the graphic effects in Windows 7, that seems to help things move around a bit better.

I checked if it needed to be defraged, but the windows defrag app said it is fine.

Thanks

Jamie
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11 Jan 2011   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Jamie,
This was just posted here under News. This will give you some added insight on what's coming and here.
OCZ'z Vertex Pro 3 Demo: World's First SandForce SF-2000 - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
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11 Jan 2011   #15
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

FYI, I'm running a Sata III Crucial Real SSD in a 64 gb capacity with an Asus Sata III adapter....it's wicked !
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11 Jan 2011   #16
tman69

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

"Sometimes I think that FireFox has a memory leak..."

to fix this, see:

Fix for Firefox memory leak on Windows - How-To Geek
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12 Jan 2011   #17
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

With regards to performance issues, before you run out and spend money on a SSD drive, you need to be sure there are no other issues slowing your system down.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jamiedolan View Post
I have problems with programs "Not Responding" at random times. Most of the time they snap out of it, many times they need to be closed and re-opened.
Programs "not responding" IS NOT indicative of a slow hard drive, but more of an OS/software issue! In short, unless you fix the software issues, all you're going to do is move those issues to the SSD drive!!!

You may want to reinstall the offending programs, or do a system repair of the OS - Repair Install

Sure, you can just reinstall everything on the SSD drive.... but then you'll never know what the true issue was.... and it/they could pop up again.... making that investment on an SSD drive seem like a waste of money (at the time)

My two cents.


Now for my "off point" comment....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
jamie,
I checked and your WD hard drive is fine. Yes 64mb of cache is better but 32 is still a solid performer.
Actually having both drive I really didn't see that much of a difference between the two, other than the loud noise of the 64meg version - SATA 6 WD Caviar Black 1TB

BTW....

- WDC WD1001FALS = 32meg cache drive
- WDC WD1002FAEX = 64meg cache drive


Anyway back to the post, check your system status before upgrading to an SSD drive or you'll be transferring the problems there!
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12 Jan 2011   #18
soho1

 

I am going to go out on a limb and say it's not your system. You have a dang nice HD there. I didn't see your experience numbers, only that you reported the HD being lowest. In this case, you might want to indicate the hard numbers. I you are at least 4 you should be fine for Windows 7.

How old is your cable modem? WTH? Yeah, how old? ISPs like comcast are upgrading. You can get 100Gb transfer rates now. Not on those old modems however, and some old modems are causing problems with services as they struggle to stay online at high data speeds. All your web apps transfer data and Office occasionally talks to the web so you should at least monitor to see if you are having any modem communication issues.

Sorry I do not have any network tool suggestions. At a minimum, a tool that might help a little is Karen's 'Net Monitor which can at least ping a series of sites every minute. You SHOULD have no communcation errors all day, but if you do, it may be an indicator. You might look at BBY or AMZN for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem.

In short, yeah, don't run out and blow money on a HD when you already have nice stuff.
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12 Jan 2011   #19
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post is that in order to help diagnose "performance" issues we need "full" system specs, otherwise we're searching in the dark.
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12 Jan 2011   #20
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soho1 View Post
...How old is your cable modem? WTH? Yeah, how old? ISPs like comcast are upgrading. You can get 100Gb transfer rates now. Not on those old modems however, and some old modems are causing problems with services as they struggle to stay online at high data speeds...
Good suggestion.

When I moved a year-and-a-half ago the guy connecting my cable (same company, same city) saw that I was paying for the enhanced high speed service and replaced my modem. He said the old one couldn't handle the faster speed. Too bad I paid an extra $20 a month for three years at the old place for something I wasn't really getting.
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