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    Download Speed

    This is a discussion on Download Speed within the Speed tests and how to get better results forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; If this subject has been discussed before then I aplogise. I used to have an AMD Athlon 3000+ and my ...

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      Download Speed

      If this subject has been discussed before then I aplogise.

      I used to have an AMD Athlon 3000+ and my download speeds with sky were on average 6-8mbps. I recently upgraded to an Intel core 2 quad system and my download speeds are now on average 10-12Mbps and on some downloads it max's out at 16Mbps.

      So, my question is, does the power of the computer have a direct relationship to the speed of the downloads. To my knowledge, nothinge else has changed and the router still connects at 15323mbps.

      If the speed is relevant to the speed of the connected computer then it makes me wonder about all the different speed complaints other users are posting.

      I may have this all wrong but if so, I'm sure one of you techies will put me right.

      P.S. Sky Broadband is still the best I have ever known.

      Alan


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      Re: Download Speed

      in a word, no....

      but i'm no expert. I can't, though, see how a processor should have an affect on an adsl connection
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      Re: Download Speed

      Is this a completely new PC or just a CPU upgrade? If it's a new PC with a "clean" install of the operating system then it may be down to that and a different NIC chipset more than anything. Do you have a software firewall or AV installed?

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      Re: Download Speed

      This is a question I get asked all to frequently im afraid, but ill admit it is by people who are non the wiser.

      In a nutshell the answer is NO. A computers CPU etc cannot dictate your lines capable speed etc, BUT what your systems CPU, Memory, Hdd rpm etc capabale of dictating is how fast you are able to move that data from your router onto your hard disk.
      For example about 2 years ago I was running a small server, only 700Mhz celeron with 512mb sdram. I uploaded to it via FTP and only managed to get speeds of about 500 - 750Kb/s. I then upgraded this to a 2.8Ghz Celeron with 1Gb DDR ram, new ethernet card, hard disk etc and what did you know I was suddenly capable of uploading at around 20000 Kb/s. More than 20x faster.
      This was because firstly the ethernet card was old, the CPU was slow and the hard disk had a slow rpm. All of which contributed to it being slow.

      Same rule applies in this instance I should say.
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      Re: Download Speed

      It is a completely new PC, about 1 month old now so I guess it's possible that is the reason. Obviously it will take some time but I'll check the download speeds at least once a month and see what happens.

      Thanks for the replies
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