does speed matter?

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  1. puckhead193 macrumors G3

    puckhead193

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    Does the speed of your computer effect download times? (assuming you have a modern computer)

    Discuss!
    i'm curious to know your thoughts...
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you're only concerned about what hardware is in the computer, I'd say the hard drive followed by the processor are the most important.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I really don't think so. The bottleneck is the internet connection.
     
  4. puckhead193 thread starter macrumors G3

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    by download i meant a web-page not a file if it matters
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Page rendering would be handled by the processor.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Page rendering is not particularly computationally intensive. Unless you you trying to render a badly constructed page containing a lot of JavaScript and Flash animation, page rendering speed is a slowly varying function of processor speed. The connection speed between your computer and server is much more important.
     
  7. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I think most of the time, page load times are greatly influenced by the skill of the programmer that created the website. Obviously fast connections can help, but there are some websites that are really poorly written and it shows.
     
  8. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    It can be.

    The computers at work are all 2.0GHz Celerons with 256MB of RAM running XP Pro Embedded.

    Pulling up a ton of different sites in IE6 is painful. It'll stall for a minute or two, then slowly start to load it.

    Especially the Sprint activations pages. *Shudders*
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Simple HTML is quite easy to render.

    It's surprising how fast a page will load when plug-ins are disabled.
     

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