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Is my new Sony laptop crappy? SSD performance that much better?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SteamyMcSteam, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. SteamyMcSteam

    SteamyMcSteam Junior Member

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    I recently (a little over a month ago) got a Sony Vaio SVE14A35CXH laptop from ebay to replace my 3 year old HP Elitebook 8440p (core i5 first gen, 8 GB ram, SSD). This Vaio has core i5 3rd gen 3230m, 6GB ram, and a standard 5400rpm hard drive. I don't have the money to get an SSD until next week or so.

    It has a fresh installed version of Win 8.1 and it's ok. I don't run a whole bunch of things but I would think a newer laptop like this would be able to handle things fine. I had a web browser open and of course some things in my start menu, but no video or photoshop or anything intense. I use it for internet browsing with firefox and such. But last night I started a new business with an program pinger. It's a simple text messaging app, and the thing was lagging like a mother. I would be typing and every time a message would come in, would stop and lag and was pissing me off to no end. After clicking around between messages it would pause, gray out for a short moment and say "(Not responding)" then come back to life. I have used this app on my last HP Elitebook and it handled it no problem. This app cannot be that intense.

    I know the biggest thing that's holding me back is my crappy 5400RPM hard drive. But I would think that this computer being last years model versus my old HP which was like 4 years old would at least be okay performance. I read some reviews on Amazon and while most people praise it, a few do say it's slow.

    Do SSD's make THAT big of a difference? This laptop had 1 extra feature I wanted that my elitebook lacked, otherwise I would have picked up another.
     
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    Sounds more like software problem, than hardware problem. Do you notice the lagging with other apps too?
     
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    SSD's can make a BEAST of a difference, especially compared to 5400RPM.

    Your PC shouldn't be THAt slow, maybe the current HDD is slowly on it's way out, but SSD is the way forward, even if you get a small one for now.

    My advice for now would be to backup everything you care about ASAP anyway.
     
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    As Apricot said before SSD can make a world of difference. The one I would recommend is Samsung EVO 840. One of the best out there performance/price wise. You can get a 120Gb one for only 80 bucks, enlose it for OS and use your standart HDD for storage
     
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    SteamyMcSteam Junior Member

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    I do remember when I first upgraded my elitebook to SSD. The thing booted up instantly and I never experienced lag with that computer. I guess the verdict is upgrade to SSD.

    I don't really think it's the program. It's basically a chat program and has a window pane on the side for ads. Maybe I can see if I can block the ads somehow. I'll see if I can get an SSD.
     
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    Can only +1 what the others have said, it doesn't sound like a hardware issue, but you really should have an SSD at least for your OS
     
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    I dont think you would ever need an SSD for what you are doing now. SSD is usually when you need blazing read/write speed. This one looks like a software issue. Crappy software, or maybe memory leaks or whatever.

    I wouldnt upgrade any of my hardware thinking it would solve the problem. I only upgrade when I feel a bottleneck and I am sure what causes it.
     
  8. Repulsor

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    And congrats on the new laptop. Having had a VAIO, let me give you some tips.
    * Take proper care of your battery. Make sure you dont over discharge.
    * Always keep it away from Dust.

    Vaio overheats for no reason. Always use a cooler too.

    This is just basic instructions, but still,Vaio really needs it. Mine was an EA45