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09-30-06, 11:57 AM #1
What was YOUR biggest system performance jump ever?
This was mine... (you will see the format, before/after)
Several years ago I was using a 200 MHz Pentium 2 Dell with a 20GB 5400 RPM hdd (quantums rock!) and 32 megs of PC-66 RAM... using Windows 98 SE... the video card didn't even support OpenGL... I played Starcraft on it, as well as Quake 1 and Quake 2 at like 320x200 and 320x240 respectively (ran pretty well, hehe). Diablo 1 ran awesome on it, Diablo 2... well... I tolerated the extreme lag because I loved the game so much. And this was the system I played with at LAN parties.. my friend's system, an HP 450 MHz P3 with 256MB RAM (or 128) and a voodoo 5 PCI, totally smoked mine.
This system was so bad that 80% of my time spent outside of games was waiting for the pagefile swap to clear up.
750 MHz Duron (underclocked to 500 due to horrible cooling), ABIT KT7-A, 768MB PC-133 RAM @ 100 (the clincher!), Voodoo 5 5500 AGP, 80 GB seagate 5400 rpm, Windows 2000!
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Completely smoked my old system... most likely it was the RAM. No more virtual memory swap lag, everything was so SMOOTH... and I could finally run the hottest new games I had to try out... Half Life, Q3A... Counter-Strike, UT!!!!!!! w000t!!!!!!! It was great having 20-30 things open and not lagging
Since then I've never exprienced such an insane performance jump, but I have nonetheless experienced big ones (but nothin close to this)... but I'll save those for another time
09-30-06, 12:04 PM #2
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- Calgary, AB, Canada
This was a Great jump My Dad DID: (With My Help.. hehehe )
512 MB Ram
AMD Athlong X2 4200+
1024 MB Ram
Another jump -- Using parts from This old one..
AMD XP 1800+
Radeon 9600XTThe difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein
09-30-06, 12:10 PM #3
pIII 800 mhz integrated graphics 256mb ram to my p4 2.8 with 6600GT and 1.5gb. Good times.Main Rig: e8400 l ASUS P5K Deluxe l G.Skill 4GB HZ's l GTX 280 l 2x320gb 7200.10 Raid 0 l X-FI Platinum l CM Stacker 830 l OCZ 700W GameXtreme l Logitech z-5500's l G5 l Saitek Eclipse II l 2 x 2407 WFPHTPC:P4 2.8 l 1.5GB ram l 7600GS l HVR-1600 l 400gb raid 0 l Audigy 1 l Coolermaster 280 l 37" Olevia
09-30-06, 12:23 PM #4
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AXPM 2500 with 1 gig ram , 6600 gt
Opteron 175 2 gig ram 7800 gs
09-30-06, 12:33 PM #5
It is hard for me to decide but it is between the two:
286 @16MHz, 640KB ram, 30MB HD, DOS 3.1, VGA graphics w/ 15" Goldstar VGA monitor
P1 @90MHz, 16MB ram, 1.6GB HD, Win 95, SVGA graphics w/1MB memory...but the same Goldstar VGA monitor
P1 @133MHz, 128MB ram, 1.6GB HD, win98, integrated Daytona graphics w/1MB memory, crappy 15" SVGA compaq monitor
P4 @3GHz, 1GB ram, 120GB HD, winXP pro, Radeon 7200 VIVO, crappy interlaced 17" monitor
09-30-06, 01:02 PM #6
In a rather short time I did the following:
K6-2-450, 256mb, 20gb maxtor 7200, Riva tnt (I think a tnt) to a
P3-600B, 512mb, same 20gb drive, same vid card, to a
AthlonXP 2000+, 512mb pc2700, 80gb seagate, Ti4200.
09-30-06, 01:12 PM #7
I usually make pretty steady large jumps, ie:
900mhz Athlon to a stock XP 2100+ (and 512mb to 1gb)
XP 2100+ to a mobile XP 2600+ at 2.4ghz
The mobile XP to my now Opteron 146 at 2.7ghz (and 1gb to 2gb)
Next jump will probably be an X2 hopefully around 3.0ghz
Video cards are kinda the same way:
Ti4200 to a 6800NU (and 6800GS when I switched to PCI-e)
Next jump will either be a high 7-series or possibly a mid-range 8-series
Granted, this covers the past 5 years or so.....I usually upgrade small stuff every 6 months, and large upgrades are usually 1-1.5 years. (large stuff usually also means an OS reinstall)Antec P180 - Corsair HX520W - Dell 2005fpw
Opteron 165 <Currently 280x9 1.35v>
DFI NF4 Ultra-D - 2gb G.Skill 3-4-4-8@250mhz
320gb+200gb Seagate - XFX 6800GS 500/1.2ghz
Sound Blaster X-Fi - BA7900 5.1 Surround
Thermalright XP-90C - <The Quiet Overclock>
[ HEATWARE ]
09-30-06, 01:14 PM #8
-256MB system RAM
-My Sig. Rig
Currently, the biggest increase in performance that I've NOTICEABLY seen with my own system, is OCing my 9800XT's memory by 40mhz...I noticed a HUGE jump in FPS while playing F.E.A.R. it went up by 15-20FPS and I can now play it fairly smoothly online."YES! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!"
Folding for Team 32!
Gaming Nick: new_Faction64 or CharminULTRA
CPU-AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0Ghz@2.2Ghz (was 2.4) Socket 754, VENICE
Memory-Crucial Ballistix 2x512MB @ 220mhz 2.5-2-2-5
Motherboard-No Idea My DFI Died
Video Card-MSI ATI 9800XT---412/390(was 424/395)---w00t! Flashed
PSU-Forton Blue Storm 500w
Currently Air Cooled w/ Scythe Ninja and AC VGA Silencer
R.I.P. Project: Humidity
09-30-06, 01:15 PM #9
some asus board
amd 64 3700+
1gb geil pc-3200
Xfx 6800GS PCI-E
and then to
Amd 64 X2 4400+ 89W
Dfi Lanparty Ultra-D
320gb Seagate 7200.10 Sata
2gb Gskill Extreme DDR500
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Zs
OCZ 600Watt Gamexstream
love my current rigCorsair H115i Extreme
i7 6800K 4.2Ghz 1.25v
64GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-2800
Gigabyte X99-Phoenix SLI
Evga GTX 1080 FE | SamSung Evo 850 500GB SSD
Evga 850W G2 | Asus Xonar Essence STX
Asus PG279Q G-Sync IPS 1440P 165Hz
Beyerdynamic DT-990 | Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
SteelSeries Rival 700 | White Ducky Shine 4 | Corsair 760T
09-30-06, 01:45 PM #10
Celeron 600 (P3 based) 64MB PC100
Pentium 4 @ 2.6 Ghz with a gig of ram
3200+ Clawhammer with a gig of ram.. Not much of a jump there but yeah.. thats my basic computer history!
The Beast(Main)- P5QL/EPU, Q9550, 4GB DDR2 800, 2X320GB Perp, 750GB Cavalier,8800GT(for now) Corsair 750 Watt PSU, Enermax server case, 2x Dell 1908WFP, Vista Home
09-30-06, 01:58 PM #11
to my sigThe Hindenburg
Athlon 64 3800+
A8N SLI Deluxe
2x512 OCZ Gold PC3200
Sound Blaster 24 Bit
09-30-06, 02:38 PM #12
wants to Be Banned
Premium Member #16
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- PA. N. of Splat W. of Torin
P233 128Mb to a P4 1.8GHZ 512Mb to a P4 OCed 3.5GHZ 2GB ram#1Win10/Ubuntu G3258@?(Corsair H70),Asus Z97IPlus Mini iTX, G skil 8GB RAM, GPU ?, Corsair 750W, Case HAF Stacker 915F, Crucial 500GB SSD, HD 2TB
#2Win72600k@4.5GHZ(Hyper212+)Msi P67 G65 16GB RAM, Gigabyte GTX 970, Corsair 850W
Phones:One+64GB, Nexus 6,5 and 4,N7, iphone 6, and 5
RIP Danny..You made the world a better place 1989-2015, Folded for Tim and his wife, Mark and his wife,Pete_Scout , Oldskool and Adak..."He was the Best of us".
09-30-06, 02:59 PM #13
AMD K6 400Mhz 96 Megs Ram, some onboard 4mb video
Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz Prescott
..well, the rig in my sig.
09-30-06, 03:32 PM #14
256mb PC66 SDRAM
Athlon XP 1600+
768mb PC2100 DDR
That was the biggest jump, everything else has been incremental. I used the Celeron as my main system for a long time.HEATWARE (24-0) | Folding/SETI/Rosetta (crunching BOINC as the ben.World.order)
ASUS Maximus Hero VI | Intel Core i7-4770K | EVGA GeForce 680GTX FTW 4GB + MSI GeForce GT740 4GB | G-Skill Trident X 2x8GB DDR3 | Crucial M500 480GB
ASUS Maximus Formula SE | Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX6700 | ASUS GeForce 9800GT Ultimate | OCZ 2x4GB DDR2 | Sandisk Ultra II 240GB
MSI Grenade A68HM | AMD APU A4-7300 | Samsung 2x4GB DDR3 | Intel X25-M 80GB
The Chronicles of OCF Rosetta | StaTek is my hero. | R.I.P. Adak, OldSkool, pscout
***and especially R.I.P. Albert - my beloved pup***
09-30-06, 03:35 PM #15
I think I win this one.
Pentium I 96MHz (what a beast)
Diamond Multimedia 3D Accelerator 4MB
Pentium 4 2.4B
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
512MB PC-2100 RAM
Although mech warrior 2 did run really smooth for quite some time. And somehow it managed to play Flight Simulator 2000. No joke.
09-30-06, 03:42 PM #16
I can't say for sure which my biggest was, but there where two big jumps. First from a P1 133/64mb ram/4mb gpu/6gb hdd, to a P3 850/256mb ram/16mb gpu/40gb hdd. The next big jump was from that P3 to a Celeron 2.4 at 4.2/1gb ram/120gb hdd/6600GT. The latter was probably the biggest boost I guess, but the P1 to P3 was a huge deal to me too, it let me play a ton of games that I had been drooling over.
09-30-06, 03:48 PM #17Originally Posted by Seven
As for myself...
Before: Intel P4 1.7Ghz Radeon 7800, 700mb ram.
After: Da' current rig in ma' sig. At 2.6Ghz 24/7.FXemail@example.comGHz, 7770, 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL8, PCP&C 400w, 2x1TB
i5-4690K@4.5GHz, 7850, 2x4GB DDR3-2400 CL10, Seasonic G-550, 2x1TB
09-30-06, 03:52 PM #18
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AMD Athlon XP 2000+ / 512mb RAM / 9600
AMD 64 3000+ / 2GB RAM / X1800GTO
Nothing amazing, really, but I did notice, especially since I could play most games on high settings with no lag :PMain - Core 2 Duo e6300 - Asus P5K-E - eVGA 8800GTS 320mb - 2gb G.Skill DDR2-800 - Antec NeoHE 500w - WD 500gb SATA - Lite-on DVD±RW SATA - Heatware
09-30-06, 04:23 PM #19
I think my biggest jump was from an AMD 486 DX4 120MHz to an AMD K6-2 450, and the next would be the k6-2 to a Duron 1GHz.
Desktop: AMD FX 8120 @ 4.0Ghz
Gigabyte GA-78LMT |G.Skill PC3-12800 4 X 4GB
G.Skill Phoenix 60GB SSD | Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB | Radeon HD 6970 2GB | Dual 23" LCD's
09-30-06, 04:54 PM #20
Compaq Presario 450mhz, 64mb PC66 ram, 10 gig Quantom HD, Windows 98, 2mb video card.
AMD XP 2000+, 512mb PC2600 ram, 32 TNT2 video card, 100 gig HD, Windows 2000
Pentium 4 3ghz HT, 1.5 gig PC3200, 128MB Geforce 5200, 2x 80 gig, Windows XP
E6400 Core 2 Duo, 2x 1gig PC6400 ram, 1x 74 gig Raptor, 1x 250 gig, 1x 400 gig, Geforce 6800XT
Last edited by manbush; 09-30-06 at 05:00 PM.