Processor Performance Gap

Everything is getting faster, the news tells us that everyday. Processors are flying, however hard disk drives are still very sluggish in comparison and we haven’t seen any real performance gains in 5 years. Drives have gotten larger in capacity but the disk is still spinning at the same rate of 7200 rpm or 10,000 on average. The widening gap between processor performance and hard drives now means your real world results could very well be gated by the hard drive. If you bought that special of the week chances are the corners were cut with a lower performing hard drive which can make a noticeable difference in pc performance tests and in actual daily use. Microsoft Vista has a new feature to help with the gap called ready boost but we haven’t seen a benefit in terms of performance and don’t believe it is worth the hassle to deploy. There is also

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