01-17-2012, 11:52 PM #1What makes the biggest difference in speed
What component makes up the biggest proportion of speed. Ram, Hard Drive/SSD, or Processor?
Say I want to upgrade a macbook with moderate specs. What is going to see the biggest speed increase? already running 3gb ram, 2.0ghz quad core, regular HDD."if people with a cluttered desk have a cluttered mind, what do people with a empty desk have?"
01-18-2012, 12:24 AM #2
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01-18-2012, 01:28 AM #3
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It does depend on what you are doing but for most people the most noticeable speed difference would be the hard drive especially if you get SSD.
01-18-2012, 04:13 AM #4
Mostly running lots of applications, booting up, playing video, surfing the web, no major power sucking programs like adobe suite.
Running 10.6.8"if people with a cluttered desk have a cluttered mind, what do people with a empty desk have?"
01-18-2012, 04:38 AM #5
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01-18-2012, 05:21 AM #6
Also...there is/was no such thing as a 2.0ghz MacBook with a "QUAD-CORE" cpu (Apple never made one)!
This leaves us with ram & HD. A ram upgrade will not necessarily speed anything up if you don't need it. You currently have 3 gig of ram...so lets say all you did on your computer was internet & and e-mail...then a further ram upgrade would not do much or anything.
There were also 5 different MacBooks with a 2.0ghz "Core 2 Duo" cpu...and if you have an older model...you may already be maxed out on ram with 3gig.
Finally the HD. You probably have a standard 5400rpm HD...upgrading to a 7200rpm HD may speed things up a little bit. An SSD would probably speed things up more:
- boot times
- opening of files
- opening of applications
...what an SSD won't do is allow you to run applications better/faster...since this is dependent on the computers cpu & gpu.
So overall...ram may help speed things up (if you really need more ram)...an SSD will definitely makes things seem/feel faster.
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