Question about IBM IntelliStation M Pro 6219 PC Desktop

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I have a: 

  • IBM Intellistation M Pro 3.6g p4 with HT
  • 2G DDR2 RAM
  • 80G  SATA HD
  • ATI HD3870 512MB PCIE DDR4 graphics card
  • running XP pro
I noticed an option to turn on/off the HT feature of the processor. when it is turned on it seems like only half of the processor is being utilized when I monitor its performance, but I am able to play games like Crysis fine. Is it better to have it on all the time or just leave it off (the HT feature)?

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To answer your question, go ahead and leave it on. Try to picture a 4 lane highway traffic on a 2 lane highway all going 60 mph, in other words you will get 4 times the amount of work accomplished in half the time it would have taken you to do it without the hyperthreading which also means less heat and wear and tear on your processor. If you want and depending on how much you are willing to spend, you can always upgrade your processor BUT, I highly suggest at the same time to upgrade your video graphic card and your ram to 2 more gigs for a total of 4 gigs of ram and last but not least to upgrade your harddrive to 320 or more gigs.You can find great deals at Tiger Direct.com, I and my wife have over 10 years experince not only building but repairing all major computors for a company called BENCHMARK ELECTRONICS which is a global corporation. I not only build the motherboards,I also soldered the componets,put new traces in but we also benchtested and inspected to ISO2000 and above. My wife and I also had built major computors for the Dept. of Defense and other military installations and the last project we had worked on was Defibulators for all First Responders. This tidbit of info was to let you know my wife and mine expertise.

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The HT feature increases the performance. well if your computer runs better I suppose it would be better to have it on, but if it slows things down then I would close it.

Heres what wikipedia says about the performance

Performance

The advantages of Hyper-Threading are listed as: improved support for multi-threaded code, allowing multiple threads to run simultaneously, improved reaction and response time.
According to Intel, the first implementation only used an additional 5% of the die area over the comparable non-hyperthreaded processor, yet yielded performance improvements of 15–30%.
Intel claims up to a 30% speed improvement compared against an otherwise identical, non-simultaneous multithreading Pentium 4. The performance improvement seen is very application-dependent, however, and some programs actually slow down slightly when Hyper Threading Technology is turned on. This is due to the replay system of the Pentium 4 tying up valuable execution resources, thereby starving the other thread. (The Pentium 4 Prescott core gained a replay queue, which reduces execution time needed for the replay system, but this is not enough to completely overcome the performance hit.) However, any performance degradation is unique to the Pentium 4 (due to various architectural nuances), and is not characteristic of simultaneous multithreading in general.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-threading

Not stupit at all, If you need anything else let me know.

Thanks,
Ekse

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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