Why is my computer underperforming?

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Is your computer running at subpar speed? It might be time to give it a tuneup.

Most computers run on what’s called dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) which stores data temporarily for programs, like browsers and word processors, that are “open.”

If you’ve ever opened up too many of them without closing some or restarting your computer, then you probably know that the sudden slowdown isn’t surprising; it makes sense that the more applications you have open at once, the slower your computer will perform.

But why is my computer underperforming ?

Let’s look at how this type of application affects your hard drive.

When there are too many files open on your disk , even if they’re closed out later when everything has been properly shut down, the computer has to look through each of these files in order to find the one you are actually looking for. Since there’s no advantage to having several different browser windows open at once, it’s best if your computer can close them all and make sure they’re closed properly before moving on. Instead of having several different browser windows open at once, try opening them up as you need them.

When these various applications are opened but not given enough space on the hard drive , it makes sense that they will be slow; too many programs running on top of each other is going to cause problems and certainly won’t improve performance. Though it might seem like a good idea at first to keep multiple documents open and active via Word or Chrome, keeping your computer clean will actually help you get more done.

Another reason is because of the lack of a faster drive like an SSD.

If these suggestions don’t help your computer perform any faster, then it’s possible that your hardware is just outdated and you might need to invest in a new computer. If this is the case, try purchasing an SSD which will greatly increase performance.

How does an SSD improve a PC’s performance?

A Solid-State Drive (SSD) is a device used for storage. It was originally introduced as the hard disk drive’s successor because it makes computers operate much faster, efficiently and quietly. Though SSDs are also more expensive than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), they still offer substantial benefits such as faster read/write speeds, lower power consumption, increased durability, improved shock resistance and absolutely no noise.

Much like how a mechanical hard drive uses a rotating disk to read data, an SSD is made up of modules that store information in an electronic format. An SSD retains the data even if it’s turned off because it has no moving parts which makes it more reliable.

In addition to being more reliable, SSDs also offer a big speed boost that traditional hard drives don’t. Traditional computer hard drives contain multiple rotating disks that have to spin thousands of times per second in order for you to open a program or load a web page. This makes the computer slow down and results in a lot of noise coming from the hard drive.

Since an SSD contains modules that store data in an electronic format, there are no disks or moving parts, making it much faster and quieter than a traditional hard drive.

One of the main reasons why people use SSDs is because they allow you to achieve higher IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second). For example, if you ran CrystalDiskMark benchmark on a traditional 7200 RPM hard drive, you would achieve IOPS of around 80-100. However, if you were to run that same benchmark test on an SSD, you would see it reach anywhere from 200-500+ .

Since SSDs are not limited by the physical speed of rotation like hard drives are, they can instruct the CPU to search for data much faster than a traditional hard drive.

Another major reason that people use SSDs today is because of their size and weight. Traditional hard drives are bigger in size and weigh more than an SSD, making them impractical in terms of mobility and compatibility with Ultrabooks/laptops such as Macbook Airs.

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Author:
I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...