Would an external sound card help taking off some CPU stress when processing audio? (Maybe dedicated drivers instead of Asio4all might help?)
You have some other issue.. That CPU should barely break a sweat with just about anything you're trying to do there..[...] All on a single core Pentium 4 3.2GHz with 4GB of ram playing back through onboard AC97 audio... What you have destroys that chip in raw performance.
So what could it be? I'm pretty much enjoyng my laptop performance overall, except for this Ableton issue.Maybe audio drivers? I'm using Asio4all...do you think buying a new card (I would need it anyway) and using specific drivers might help?Something else?
A "glitch" in the audio would be normal if you overload your CUP/data bus, but a well-written application should never freeze or crash.
Pretty much any desktop CPU will smoke the kind of energy-efficient CPUs meant for light laptops, like the A6. The plain Hz numbers don't mean anything without knowing the class and intent of the CPU.
Quote from: dhromed on 20 September, 2012, 01:48:50 PMPretty much any desktop CPU will smoke the kind of energy-efficient CPUs meant for light laptops, like the A6. The plain Hz numbers don't mean anything without knowing the class and intent of the CPU.So you would happily take a desktop Pentium 2 over an i7-3940XM?
What you just said makes no sense at all. There is a huge performance difference between a P4 and an AMD Trinity chip. A P4 is not even in the same league as Trinity, even a lower clocked mobile version. That A6 chip will handedly "smoke" a P4 3.2 GHz and not even break a sweat doing it.
Depends on the workload we are trying to run. For example laptop hard drives seem to lack "grunt" even when they have many GB and run at 7200 rpm.
There are many variables in your situation. Abletron may be a CPU hog. Your laptop may have some other bottlenecks. Your idea of not to many EFX may be well, optimistic.
The point is that I don't think the hard disk is playing a big role in this case: the projects with which I am having problems are totally MIDI based, no audio samples to be read from disk. I suppose MIDI files which are being played by ableton are loaded into RAM (am I wrong?). In addition, I usually have no other programs running in the background when working on ableton. Soooo....what about drivers?
Windows: 2 GHz Pentium® 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7), Windows XP (home or Pro), Windows Vista or Windows 7, sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), DVD-ROM drive, QuickTime recommended
Personally I'd go for a desktop system. You can certainly get powerful laptops, but the advantages of a desktop system are multitudinous. Cooling systems are better, there's more flexibility for upgrades later on, and a better ratio of bang to buck.
isn't the A6 a netbook-class low-wattage CPU?
The gover(m)nor switching can cause this too.
I am sorry...what is it? (tried to google it but couldn't find much)
Quote from: Katatsumuri on 20 September, 2012, 12:13:07 PMWould an external sound card help taking off some CPU stress when processing audio? (Maybe dedicated drivers instead of Asio4all might help?)No, sound cards do not perform processing of audio in the sense that you're interested in. Only a CPU can do that.
Quote from: slks on 22 September, 2012, 04:04:00 AMisn't the A6 a netbook-class low-wattage CPU?I thought this had been addressed already, but I guess I wasn't clear enough. No, the A6 is not a "netbook-class" CPU like an Atom or Brazos. It is a low power chip with a Trinity core. While it has some performance reduction due to a lower clock speed and less cache, it has the same core design as AMDs current high end bulldozer chips. It's not top of the line by any means, but it's no slouch and much faster than the "netbook-class" CPUs.CPU power alone should not be the cause of the issue here.
Although marketed as a dual-core processor, the A6-4455M includes only one module with two integer-cores and and floating-point core. As a result, the CPU is not a true dual-core processor.