May  2002

Vol. 4, No. 5


How fast is your SQCpack
Optimize performance with a small hardware investment

Computing efficiency, like many other aspects of technology, has increased exponentially. Computers are not only becoming faster, but they are doing so at an increasing rate. Each year, thousands of computers become "obsolete" as users demand faster and faster operating speeds. When customers invest in new software, they sometimes expect that program to operate faster or more efficiently than an older version, just because it is a new version.

Holding on to slower hardware may be a penny-wise-pound-foolish exercise, when one considers how much is invested in human resources. When it comes to having a highly-paid professional staring at a computer screen that seems to take forever, the cost is far more than the investment for simply buying hardware or replacing hardware.

Consider the following example, which considers 280 salary days per year for employees in salary ranges of $30,000  and up. Six startups of SQCpack 2000 each day represent the following investments:

Salary Range 

Cost of starting the software 6 times a day 

233mhz per Yr

850mhz per Yr

$30,000

$381.29

$16.88

$40,000

$508.39

$22.50

$50,000

$635.49

$28.13

$60,000

$762.59

$33.75

$70,000

$889.69

$39.38

$80,000

$1,016.79

$45.00

>$90,000

$1,143.88

$50.63

$100,000

$1,270.98

$56.25

Breaking this down into actual seconds involved in tasks related to SQCpack 2000 and GAGEpack 2000, PQ Systems' Larry Knight assembled this data and that which follows. To evaluate the impact of hardware efficiency on two popular PQ Systems software programs, he undertook "test drives" of SQCpack 2000 and GAGEpack 2000 on hardware with different identified operating speeds. The results follow, recorded in seconds:

Processor SQCpack 2000 GAGEpack 2000
Startup Chart Display Shutdown Startup Report List Shutdown
233m hz 46.8 7.5 18.7 27.7 3.2 14.1
450m hz 28.4 6.3 7.0 12.9 2.0 2.8
850m hz 2.7 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.3 1.8

It seems clear that as operating speeds (megahertz) increase, time to perform tasks declines—an elementary fact, to be sure. Nonetheless, it is clear that users of software programs such as SQCpack 2000 and GAGEpack 2000 can cut down on wait time and improve their own efficiency with even a minimal upgrade in their processors.

Computer manufacturers offer upgrades of their products, often at discounted prices. Visit your favorite computer vendor's web site to learn more about current discounts that will make the cost of upgrading hardware less than $500 in some cases, according to Knight. To upgrade your hardware options:

Dell
Gateway
IBM
HP/Compaq
CompUSA
PC Warehouse

 



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