What makes it so fast
Posted on 2011-09-17
Before you read my very lengthy "bring you up to speed" verbiage below, here is the gist of what I am asking:
Is it the SSD on my i7 machine or is it the processor that is making this box so fast and how can I tell which it is? The other question is farther down, where I am asking how to give my other users another bump in speed.
I have a server with a xeon 3230 on a DQ965GF board with 8GB ram and SBS 2008 and we use SQL and Exchange on that server. It is also the file server. I had been thinking this server was my problem regarding speed, but now I don't think so. The LAN has 4 desktops accessing that server and our primary business app is a custom written thing that uses IE8 to access database on server.
Fiurst question: Why is my i7 so much faster at downloading the problem pages? It is an i7 2600k with SSD as it's main HD with Win7pro 64 bit and 8 GB ram. I was using an AMD Phenom 9600 with a regular HD and XP Pro 32 bit and 2.37 GB ram and thought it was fast, but the i7 is loading pages in 1-2 seconds that the AMD was taking 12-14 seconds to load. I had thought the drag was caused my server, but now I don't think so.
Next question is for my other users, what can I do to upgrade their speed to load the pages? I recently built their computers using quad core processors and new mobos retrofited to existing cases. One of them is running Win7Pro 32 bit and the other is Win7Pro 64 bit. Neither is an i7. This one, for example, AMD Athlon II x4 630 processor, 8 GB OS 64 bit has a regular HD. IF I upgrade to an SSD, will it be almost as fast as my i7?
The main thing we do all day is access our database via IE8 on local LAN and some pages were taking up to 40 seconds to load. Worst was a dual core machine runnig XP Pro 32 bit taking 40 seconds to load the page. Upgrading that box to a quad core and Win7Pro 64 bit has improved that same 40 seconds to load page to now be about 6 seconds to load on the new AMD. On my i7 that same40 second page now takes about 3 seconds. So, if I upgrade the others to SSD, will that do it, or is it more due to 64 bit and/or dual channel ram?