I just bought myself a new P4 2.80 Ghz (HyperThreading) with 512 MB DDR 400 Ram (on a single stick) running Windows XP Professional. My mother board is Intel D865-GBF. I invested in a Seagate SATA 80 GB 7200 RPM Hard Disk.
1. How do I know if HyperThreading is working? It would really help if someone could please upload a snapshot of how it looks on their system.
2. How do I know if I am getting the benefit of the additional speed of SATA? Anyways, what is the differnece between a Seagate Barracuda ATA 7200 and a SATA 7200?
3. How do i know if my installed DDR RAM is indeed having a speed of 400 Mhz and not 266 Mhz?
I need to know these answers within the next 24 hours because I have the option of changing the installed parts during this time. So please help me. I know computers fairly well and have been comfortably using Win98SE previously for many years. I am feeling a bit lost in Windows XP Pro on my first day.
4. What would be the ideal number of partitions to have on my 80 GB HDD? Should I reformat using NTFS or FAT32? At present I have four partitions (20 GB each) formatted with FAT32? Would there be any benefits in repartitioning or reformating?
NTFS in my opinion is very very very forgiving. FAT32 was grand but if you had the power go out or something you always had that stupid scan disk. NTFS is better in my opinion for the average user.
If you are going to use it for gaming their are diffrent ways you can gain performance with raid and FAT32 (don't remember what it is off hand) or NTFS if you disable the Indexing service in XP.
Have you made sure your mother board supports Hyper-Threading?
Another way to check if it is working is when you go into task manager and look at performance you should see two CPU Usage History Graphs. (Because that is how it is by defualt in XP). If not do a view > CPU History > if two options don't dispaly then your Hyper-Threading is not enabled :p