System Efficiency ???

Hi guys,

First post in these forums, so I will apologise in advance if this this has been covered elsewhere. This question is more specific to my custom-built desktop PC and it's capacity when it is performing. Briefly looking through the forums and also having previously visited a couple of times I feel this would be one of the best places to ask a technical question or two.

I have attached a toned down version of the system info text file which details most if not all the hardware components of my system. If there is anything missing please advise me of this as I will note it in a later post if required.

I feel this system should be particularly quick (at stock, not looking into OCing at this stage in time) considering the components.
Although I feel it is not quite running as efficiently therefore as quickly as it should.

System Parts:
- Intel C2Q Q9550 (revision C1)
- Asus P5E Deluxe (x48) running 0205 BIOS
- 4GB Gskill PC2 6400 CL5-5-5-15 RAM (Capped @ 3.25GB due to 32bit Windows XP)

Games: Run good
Windows File Access: A tad slower than I would expect. But maybe i'm being paranoid. (and could also be a bit of an issue with the HDD running at UDMA Mode 5 and not 6, don't have the cables for 6)
CodeBlocks: MingW compiling dead slow, ~23secs to compile a simple program around 4 files in size around 300 lines of code.

Codeblocks runs very well on my ASUS G1 laptop running Vista, the same type of program compilation completes in around 2 secs.

This is the predominant sign for me towards thinking something is not quite right, I have reinstalled Windows XP from scratch after a HDD Full Format but to no avail. If anyone has any suggestions towards resolving this occurance that would be much appreciated.

Please note that my desktop is substantially faster than my Asus G1 lappy, so I can't quite workout what the issue is.

Once again many thanks in advance.

Cheers

Kosta.

Also everything in the Ai Tweaker BIOS settings are set to automatic except DRAM Freq which I have manually set to DDR2 800Mhz.

I did have an issue when I first bought the parts to build this rig where the memory modules did not work properly on the P5E. I did a little tinkering with settings in the BIOS thinking it could be a little prob like that, but after some research I found out that the RAM modules I had bought then were not supported by the mobo according to the QVL. Anyways that issue is long gone, and I don't think that I would've caused any long term damage to the system cause any settings I had changed I did from taking some notes off some other site at the time.

I've tried to think of other possible causes for the issue above but I cannot think of any, so I thought I'd try my luck online on these forums since lots of people here are in the know how of tinkering and troubleshooting OC and normal setups.

Once again cheers guys.

EDIT2:

Just some benches that I managed to get. The whole system is running at stock no OC. (Please note that I'm not posting benches as competition but more as a guide to make comparisons)

wPrime = 32M - 15.234sec

superPi v1.1 = 128K - 1s
512K - 7s
1M - 17s
2M - 41s

I did not finish the 32M test but I got up to Loop 6 and then stopped, Loop 6 had finished at 4m 25s.
Over the course of the test I had two gadgets on my sidebar running. Once showing the percentage in total of the CPU usage and one that showed the cores in use.
I witnessed that a lot of the time during this test that it was mainly on 25% CPU usage jumping to 41% occassionally. Also the core that was doing most of the work was core three, while cores 1 & 2 were much the same working at a lesser load than core 3 and the 4th core hardly running.
I don't know but it seems like there's inefficiency somewhere, but I could be wrong and that someone more benchmark minded might be able to clarify my concern.

If I get some more benches I'll list them here. And when I get around to coding again I'll post a screen of the resultant time of compilation.

WinRar Bench (multithreading enables)
resulting, KB/s 1,850 @ 30secs
current, KB/s 1.701 @ 30secs
Processed, 53MB
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  1. To increase performance, get an old hard disk, hook it up and put the swap file on it.
    Decrease the amounts of programs that start at startup with msconfig.
  2. Cheers evongugg

    Unfortunately I don't have a spare HDD lying around but I have configured the startup, still though I don't feel it's running at it's max capacity when under load.

    I have uploaded images onto Speedyshare of CPU-Z readings.

    Hopefully that could clear up what might be the problem.

    http://www.speedyshare.com/261879378.html

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Con
  3. HWM BlackBox 1.02
    Monday, March 23, 2009
    7:43:25 PM

    CPU # 1
    -------------------------
    Manufacturer : Intel
    Model : Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
    Package : Socket 775 LGA
    Processor ID : BFEBFBFF00010677
    Version : Model 7, Stepping 7
    Revision : C1- 5895
    Instructions : MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, EM64T
    Codename : Yorkfield
    Core : 4
    Thread : 1
    Technology : 45 nm
    Address Width : 32 Bit
    Data Width : 32 Bit
    Maximum Speed : 2,833.00 MHz
    Current Speed : 2,003.77 MHz
    Speed (O/C) Rate : % 70.73
    Multiplier : 6.0 x
    Bus Speed : 333.97 MHz
    FSB : 1,335.87 MHz
    L1 Code Cache : 4 x 32.00 KB
    L1 Data Cache : 4 x 32.00 KB
    L2 Cache : 2 x 6.00 MB
    L3 Cache : -

    Physical Memory
    -------------------------
    Module Count : 2
    Empty Slots : 2
    Total Size : 4.00 GB
    Channels : Dual
    Memory Type : DDR2
    Frequency : 400.75 MHz
    FSB:DRAM : 5 : 6
    Speed (O/C) Rate : % 100.19
    CAS Latency : 5.0
    RAS - CAS Delay : 5
    RAS Precharge : 5
    Cycle Time : 15
    Bank Cycle Time : -
    Command Rate : 2T

    Module # 1
    -------------------------
    Modul Slot : DIMM0
    Manufacturer : G.Skill
    Week / Year : 00 / 00
    Part Number : F2-6400CL5-2GBPQ
    Serial : -
    Size : 2.00 GB
    Memory Type : DDR2
    Band Width : PC2-6400
    Maximum Speed : 400 MHz
    Data Width : 64 Bit
    Profil # 1 : 266 MHz - 4.0 - 4 - 4 - 10 - 16 - 1.8 V
    Profil # 2 : 400 MHz - 5.0 - 5 - 5 - 15 - 24 - 1.8 V

    Module # 2
    -------------------------
    Modul Slot : DIMM2
    Manufacturer : G.Skill
    Week / Year : 00 / 00
    Part Number : F2-6400CL5-2GBPQ
    Serial : -
    Size : 2.00 GB
    Memory Type : DDR2
    Band Width : PC2-6400
    Maximum Speed : 400 MHz
    Data Width : 64 Bit
    Profil # 1 : 266 MHz - 4.0 - 4 - 4 - 10 - 16 - 1.8 V
    Profil # 2 : 400 MHz - 5.0 - 5 - 5 - 15 - 24 - 1.8 V

    Mainboard
    -------------------------
    Manufacturer : ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    Model : P5E Deluxe Rev 1.xx
    North Bridge : Intel X48 01
    South Bridge : Intel 82801IR (ICH9R) 02
    PCI-E Slot (x16) : 2
    PCI-E Slot (x8) : -
    PCI-E Slot (x4) : -
    PCI-E Slot (x1) : 3
    PCI Slot : 2
    AGP Slot : -

    BIOS
    -------------------------
    Manufacturer : American Megatrends Inc.
    Version : 0205
    Date : 06/20/2008

    VGA # 1
    -------------------------
    Model : ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    Graphic Memory : 512 MB
    Driver : ati2mtag_R7X 6.14.10.6925

    Disc # 1
    -------------------------
    Model : ST3500320AS
    Media Type : -
    Firmware : 466 GB
    Size : 1 Partition
    Partition : IDE
    Interface : Fixed Hard Disk Media

    Windows
    -------------------------
    Windows : Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition -
    Version : 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
  4. A global bench for my system using PC Wizard 2008.

    Processor Global Performance : 582082.6
    Cache Global Performance : 9987
    Memory Global Performance : 4241
    Video Global Performance : 2471
    Hard Disk Global Performance : 87
    :
    PC Wizard Rating : :
    59886.86 :
  5. Just to note that the reference model it compares my system to is a
    Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2400 Mhz + i975X + DDR2-800 Dual GB

    The HDD and Processor on my system score substantially higher than the reference model.
    The Video score is the same for both systems
    and the Memory and Memory Cache score substantially higher on the reference system.
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