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Chapter 5. Maximizing Performance

Chapter 5. Maximizing Performance

Although your computer spends 99.9% of the time waiting for you to do something, what concerns us is that other 0.1% of the time when eight seconds can seem like an eternity.

A common misconception is that a computer with a fast processor, say 1.6 GHz, will automatically be faster than an 800-MHz system. While the increased processor speed is an obvious benefit in some specific circumstances, such as when performing intensive statistical calculations, using 3D modeling software, or playing some high-end games,[1] the real-world performance of a computer is really measured differently.

[1] See Section 5.1.5 later in this chapter.


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