Hardware specs for improved performance

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bryan 11/19/2010 10:13 am
Hello. I was wondering if a faster hard drive and increased RAM would help improve download speed. Right now I seem to be getting an average of 50kb/s on most website downloads. I ran a network speed test and get 31 megabits per second.

I have a 3.00ghz CPU with 1 GB of RAM but only a 5400RPM hard drive at the most as it's pretty old.

Thank you.
Oleg Chernavin 11/19/2010 12:27 pm

It is possible that modern sites simply limit the amount of information they give to a single client. A kind of protection against overloading.

Please try to start 10 projects that load different sites and see if the speed actually improves.

Best regards,
Oleg Chernavin
MP Staff
bryan 11/19/2010 12:36 pm
Yes, that makes sense. I'm sure a lot of websites do that. I just want to make sure I am doing everything I can to improve the speed on my own end. With only 1 GB of RAM the system is bogged down enough that it takes awhile to even open up a seperate browser window while the software is running, so I don't know if my computer will even allow me to run 10 operations at once. Do you think more RAM would help the speed? Why do you think the speed will improve if I run more operations?

Oleg Chernavin 11/19/2010 12:42 pm
Yes, RAM matters but not on simple downloads that get less than 100,000 files. You can press Alt+Ctrl+Esc during the download to see the system CPU load and RAM usage to understand what actually limits the performance.

bryan 11/19/2010 12:58 pm
RAM usage is almost maxed out, so I will need to upgrade that as I will likely be doing large downloads. Thank you for the help with this.
Oleg Chernavin 11/19/2010 01:03 pm
And what CPU load you typically experience during downloads?

bryan 11/19/2010 01:07 pm
Not much. It jumps between 10% to 50% while running a 100,000+ file download. It is only a single core processor but it is 3.00ghz. Does your program have the ability to use two core processors?
Oleg Chernavin 11/19/2010 01:18 pm
Yes, Pro version uses 2 cores - the one for user interface and another - to parse downloaded Web pages. Enterprise edition will use all available cores for faster parsing.

bryan 11/19/2010 01:22 pm
Great! Upgrading to a 2 core processor may be a solution for me as well.

Thank you for the great advice.
Oleg Chernavin 11/19/2010 02:32 pm
You are welcome!