Gentoo Archives: gentoo-performance

From: Mansour Moufid <mansourmoufid@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-performance@l.g.o
Subject: Re: Bad desktop performance, I think (was: Re: [gentoo-performance] Hello? Thump-thump?)
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 20:01:32
In Reply to: Bad desktop performance, I think (was: Re: [gentoo-performance] Hello? Thump-thump?) by Alex Schuster
Hello all,

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 6:07 AM, Alex Schuster <wonko@×××××××××.org> wrote:
> I am a little disappointed by the performance of my system. mplayer > sometimes stutters a little during the calculation phase of emerge -DpN > @world, swfdec-player does so even more. Well, sometimes even without > emerges, I guess this flash player is not coded so well. > > My system is not the fastest, silence and low power consumption was more > important for me. Still, it should be fast enough I think. I have an AMD > Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4850e CPU (using -march), 4GB of memory, an > 1.5 TB drive. The whole system is encrypted (aes-xts-plain) and LVMed. > While the LVM overhead should be small, encryption of course creates some > extra load. /var/tmp/portage is an unencrypted tmpfs volume though. kernel > is 2.6.31-tuxonice. I'm running KDE4 with desktop effects enabled (running > ati-drivers), X itself takes about 30-40% of CPU time according to top. > mplayer itself needs less than 20%.
I also use LVM encryption, and mplayer plays 720p at 30 fps just fine with only the integrated Intel graphics and 1 GB of RAM. So, I suspect you are just not using the full potential of your CPU. If you haven't already: grep flags /proc/cpuinfo; add any of the {mmx,mmext,sse,sse2,ssse3,3dnow,3dnowext} flags there along with "custom-cpuopts" to your mplayer line in /etc/portage/package.use; then re-emerge of course. With 4GB if RAM you should probably also set swappiness to a lower value than default. That's all I can think of for now, good luck! -- Mansour Moufid


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