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is my pc slow? I'm new to the computer world and looking to upgrade to a new computer in about 6 months.

Hoping that this computer would last this final semester in school.




School Hp Laptop ^





Home HP Desktop ^

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my acer specs  :(



This is my 3rd (mom's HP laptop) result...

why are all my computers so slow? This one has 2.0 MHz but still slow???


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Your computers are using older technology. The clock speed (2000Mhz for example) is only one factor, so an old CPU with this speed will still be much slower than a new one at this speed.

That's ok though :) Are they working for what you need them to do? There can still be ways to improve them a bit without completely replacing them.

P.s. you can click the 'compare scores online button' to post the scores on our website and compare.

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Sister's Toshiba laptop computer

NovaBench Score: 467

1/11/2015 12:01:55 PM
Microsoft Windows 8.1
AMD A65200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics @ 2000 MHz
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 8400

3535 MB System RAM (Score: 105)
- RAM Speed: 3917 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 286)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 97266444
- Integer Operations/Second: 201276948
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 577027

Graphics Tests (Score: 47)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 157

Hardware Tests (Score: 29)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 689 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 40 MB/s

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NovaBench Score: 787

1/21/2015 4:56:36 PM
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
Intel Core i54570S 2.90GHz @ 2901 MHz
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 8730A Graphics

7987 MB System RAM (Score: 193)
- RAM Speed: 11731 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 460)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 102421828
- Integer Operations/Second: 405677504
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1126608

Graphics Tests (Score: 105)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 329

Hardware Tests (Score: 29)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 167 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 164 MB/s



^ School's Lenovo computer

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How to increase your score.

Below is my score and I was running a few programs while it ran as well that might make it marginally higher. My Macbook pro is from late 2011 (bot in 2012) but I have upgraded the memory to 16GB, moved to a 500gb SSD hard drive, and I do regular maintenance on the system to delete old programs and monitor the disk operations as well (Checkmate).  Your systems run slow because the hard drive or ram is not up to date with current technology.  That happens the second you buy the computer, like buying a car.

I also have a quad core processor which helps a lot too.  But to the admin's point. Does it do what you need it to do?  If so, then don't worry about it.  

Verified NovaBench Score: 1063

Test run on February 4, 2015
Mac OS X 10.10.2

Intel Intel Core i7 running at 2400 MHz

Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU

16384 MB System RAM (Score: 216)
- RAM Speed: 7730 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 615)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 223291088
- Integer Operations/Second: 501693440
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1000318

Graphics Tests (Score: 182)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 588

Hardware Tests (Score: 50)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 442 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 226 MB/s

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NovaBench Score: 1172

4/7/2015 9:13:48 AM
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
Intel Core i73770S 3.10GHz @ 3101 MHz
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7650A Graphics

8132 MB System RAM (Score: 204)
- RAM Speed: 13793 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 767)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 205518984
- Integer Operations/Second: 865036192
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1221012

Graphics Tests (Score: 177)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 531

Hardware Tests (Score: 24)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 119 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 167 MB/s 


^another school computer!

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So your at home pcs are likely purchased from stores prebuilt for 3 to 8 dollars.  They give you a crappy processor, crappy memory, crappy 5400 rpm hard drives  and running without a dedicated graphics card (just the one that is built into the processor). 

Laptops are tough because they aren't really workstations but more portable units not meant for hardcore use unless you spend well over 1500 for one.


How to elevate your game.  Build your own PC.  

Go to   Look at peoples builds.  Understand what each component does and how much a budget of 500, 1000, 1500, will get you for building a pc. 

The Nova Bench test.

Ram Test.  Get ram that is over 1600 mhz.  The higher the MHz the faster the ram.  I run 2400 gskill trident x (2x8) for 16 gigs of ram.  bought for 134.99

CPU intels run stronger than AMD's. The K series intels are over-clockable. Which means you can run them over their factor settings.  budget 4690k I-5 for 200 and monster is the 4790k for 300 at micro center.   There are better ones but its unlikely most people don't need them.

Graphics cards:  you have to get a decent graphics card if you want frames per second.  I would recommend the gtx 960 on a budget (170 to 200),  the 970 or 980 if you got some cash to spend (300 to 500 and more). 

Hardware tests which is your Hard drive.  The capacity over course higher is better.  Use a solid state drive for quick speeds and better scores.  But even if you have a rocking hard drive set you will still only get around 60 points in this benchmark. 

Samsung evo 850, 250 gigs go on sale for 100 bucks pretty often these days.   You can run a raid set up which you would have to YouTube videos of what it is.  But its definitely worth it if you can do it.

I am building a little budget monster for kid on my soccer team and this pc will easily score over 1800 on this test for 8 hundred dollars.   I could get cheaper parts and have it be for 740 or below.  But quality is important.    


Bottom line is the most points come from your CPU and Graphics card.    I built a pc recently that got ranked in SiSoftware Sandra's benchmark test 115th out of 75000 systems.  I am still learning everyday and will never go back to buying a store bought computer and wont let my friends or family do the same. 

Budget build.


My Build:

Edited by gregkillborn

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This is the new macbook pro (early 2015) with 16 gb ram, i5 cpu (2nd option on apple store). Is there any way to make it perform better? I'm a little disappointed with the graphics. I read somewhere that people used a self-built external gpu on the 2014 versions. I wonder if I can do that for the 2015 one.


Verified NovaBench Score: 790

Test run on April 13, 2015 at 01:15
Mac OS X 10.10.2
Mac MacBook Pro (MacBookPro12,1)

Intel Intel Core i5 running at 2900 MHz

intel Intel Iris Graphics 6100 GPU

16384 MB System RAM (Score: 217)
- RAM Speed: 7937 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 471)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 150235760
- Integer Operations/Second: 279466080
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1195745

Graphics Tests (Score: 40)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 93

Hardware Tests (Score: 62)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 111 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 312 MB/s




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