Increasing Build Performance The Easy Way
15 December, 2009 § 4 Comments
Yesterday I just got my new computer set up. I had been using an old HP Pavilion dv1000 since about mid-summer 2009 until I couldn’t bare with the slow speed any longer.
This new computer is everything I have been looking for and more. I went and pulled out all the stops, yet I don’t follow computer hardware that much (I like the software side a little more).
To determine what hardware setup I should purchase, I went back to the Chromium Build Instructions for Windows. There is a section within the page that talks about speeding up the build.
Accelerating the buildIn decreasing order of speedup:
- Use a true multicore processor; ie. an Intel Core Duo or later; not a Pentium 4 HT.
- Use a x64 OS otherwise incremental linking is disabled.
- Have 8 gigs of RAM.
- Use VS2008
- Disable your anti-virus software for .ilk, .pdb, .cc, .h files and only check for viruses on modify. Disable scanning the directory where your sources reside.
- Store and build the Chromium code on a second hard drive. It won’t really speed up the build but at least your computer will stay responsive when you do gclient sync or a build.
- Defragment your hard drive regularly.
- Intel i7 920 with 8 GB of RAM
- Two hard drives, 750 GB and 160 GB
- Two 24 inch ViewSonic VX2433wm displays
- Two Articulating Wall Mounts by VideoSecu for the displays
Here’s a picture of the performance tab of Task Manager