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Old 19. Dec 2017, 04:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can different SSD make have impact on laptop performance?

Have a Kingston 120g SSD of SV300 series on a rather noisy (as publicly known) HP Elitebook 8460p.

Was wondering if a different brand could make a difference with regards to that noise issue (something that is greatly reduced when using MX-17 Linux)?

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Old 19. Dec 2017, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm assuming the noise comes from the fan, in which case it won't make a difference - with the exception of one case: if you have full drive encryption and your current SSD doesn't support hardware encryption, it will end up using more CPU than if you get an SSD that supports hardware encryption - assuming you have all the prerequisites for it being supported.
If one system (I'm assuming Windows) is making the system louder than Linux, I'd check what is using up the CPU, or, possibly, the GPU. I like to use Process Hacker because that has plenty of options to monitor what is going on on your system (mind you, I just checked virustotal and it has 4 detections - but I'm pretty sure that's because it can do things like writing memory which is also typical of malware) - I've used it for quite a while now and it's extremely useful to figure out what is eating up your resources, which can also lead to a louder computer.
Of course, there's also the option of dusting out the fan - that can help a lot, as well.
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Old 19. Dec 2017, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do have Process Lasso and CPU and RAM are usually withing respectable limits.
Did clean the fan yesterday (was filthy) but that did not change anything.
Will check out Process Hacker.

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Old 19. Dec 2017, 10:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Results with Process Hacker (Windows Defender did not complain about installation -wow!).

GPU fluctuates from 23% to 40% when opening apps like Outlook or a browser.
AMD RADEON HD6470M
Dedicated memory / Shared memory
Current 128mb : 16mb
Limit .99GB : 19.65GB
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23-40%? That seems like a lot. I have Intel HD Graphics 4000, which is an integrated graphics card (your's is a discreet or dedicated card), and right now it's using about 15% while writing this - that is, I'm writing this in Firefox and have a video playing in the background in Chrome (watching the news ). That may be the reason why it's so loud. What is the usage like when you're not actively doing anything and everything is minimized? You might also try checking for graphics card driver updates, in case that makes a difference.
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13-22 when nothing is open (except to Malwarebytes, Adguard and a few more).

According to DriverBooster, all drivers are up to date.
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This is weird.

For as long as i can remember, have always left a small book open on the laptop's keyboard (set to my left) with monitor open - hence dual monitor usage.

Decided to remove the booklet just to see and low and behold, the GPU stands at 0%!
Exited the program twice to make sure my eyes were seeing correctly.
Still same result.
Could it be a defective donationware?

Although it does have its occasional spurts, the fan does seem much quieter.

Laptop is jacked up on two bricks to help keep it cool.
Would never think that leaving its keyboard free of obstacles could bear an impact.
Better to keep it open too i suppose.
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Still doesn't explain why it would make less noise on Linux.
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Decided to remove the booklet just to see and low and behold, the GPU stands at 0%!
Exited the program twice to make sure my eyes were seeing correctly.
Still same result.
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Would never think that leaving its keyboard free of obstacles could bear an impact.
Better to keep it open too i suppose.
Sorry, I don't quite understand. Is this something physically on your computer or is this software? I'm a little confused
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Yes. It is a physical booklet that weighs not more than a pound.


Btw, i'm not getting email notifications for posts here anymore.
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