If you was on the blog last week you would have maybe come across Part 1 of this guide. If not, feel free to hit the logo at the top of the page where you will easily find last week’s entry. Today we carry on with our conclusion. Part 2 of how to maximise download speeds within Ares Galaxy.
What makes the situation worse is that when you delete a file from your hard drive, it doesn’t actually delete the file but instead just deletes the index to the file itself. This is what’s known as a dirty sector of data. If you’ve ever done a disk defrag before you would have seen the different colours as pictured below.
A conventional hard drive is mechanical where as a Solid State Drive is non mechanical. It does the same job (loading and saving data) but in a very different way.
Data on a SSD is stored on interconnected flash memory chips which have major benefits for Ares Download.
Think of this more like a jigsaw puzzle rather than a train track. Because there are no moving parts, any block of data can be accessed almost instantaneously. Access times are greatly increased due to no moving parts, and even better they can access several blocks at the same time with the same minimal latency. Whilst some of this may be technical, it really does all work together to provide a more stable platform.
Every computer has a different amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) whether it be 2GB, 4GB, 8GB etc. RAM is volatile memory where as hard drives are non-volatile. The latter means that regardless if the device is turned on or off, it saves the data until you delete it, where as with RAM, it will flush the data when you power down your device. You dont have to worry about this with Ares Free Download as it manages these tasks automatically, but we felt this was worth explaining.
Gaming is a bit different, but for this guide we’ll concentrate on multi-tasking. Let’s imagine you have IE open with 9 tabs, Word, Photoshop, Antivirus running in the background etc. When you switch from one open application to another, the reason it’s an instantaneous switch is because the temporary data (From whatever is running) is stored in your super fast RAM. Even with the super fast speeds of SSD’s, RAM is much, much faster.
In previous version of Windows, once you had used up your RAM pool, your computer would offload the least used data as a pagefile to your HDD and recall it as and when was needed. This would then free up some RAM again, and keep your computer running smoothly. This would also apply if the RAM pool wasn’t fully used up but you hadn’t used a running application for a while, i.e. you had Photoshop minimized for a period of time. The problem with this if you’ve been following, is that hard drives are slow. So now you go to switch to back to Photoshop and your computer has to grab the pagefile and bring it back into the RAM.
So what’s changed with Windows 10 RAM management? Now (Unless vital) Windows 10 will compress this unused data but keep it in the super fast RAM. When you now go to recall Photoshop which has been idle for a while, it’s uncompressing it from the RAM, rather than pulling it back from your slow hard drive. This is a big change and an important one for performance. If there’s one thing to talk about with Windows 10 in terms of performance increases / system resource usage, its RAM management. But that’s it for today. Be sure to bookmark our blog to continue reading in the next part of our guide in how to maximise Ares Download speeds. To install, or to find out more please visit our download page @ Ares Download
We hope you’ve enjoyed this small but complex understanding of how computers work in conjunction with Ares Galaxy software. Stay tuned for more exciting pieces as we head forward.