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A quite technological question so this is for the tech-people out there!

What are the most important parts of a computer for Chessbase Database searching? For example, opening reports and reference, as on my current laptop it is fast but scanning through popular variations can be time-consuming which is not practical for overnight preparation.

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There are really 4 components to your computer's speed and the speed that a program will achieve. These are:

1) Disk speed. For big database searches this is probably the most important. The faster the disk the better so you probably want to store your data on an SSD if possible.

2) The amount of memory. If large amounts of data are involved and the program is well written to take advantage of as much memory as you have then this is very important. For large commercial databases run by big businesses the default solution to poor performance is to add more memory but here I am talking about relational databases like Oracle, DB2, SQL Server etc. Still important for a chess database program if it is well written.

3) Number of cores or processors in the CPU. If the program is written to support multi-threading (and if it is any good then it should) then the more cores the faster it will run.

4) Raw CPU speed. This is probably the least important but still important particularly for poorly written single-threaded programs.

  • Would the SSD aspect still be as fast if it was connected by external USB 3.0? Since I have a laptop. – sco-ish Feb 21 '15 at 5:41
  • An SSD connected via USB 3.0 wouldn't be as fast as an internal SSD but would be still be faster than a spinning piece of rust whether internal or external. – Brian Towers Feb 21 '15 at 18:56

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