How well does the Intel Application Accelerator work?
The Intel Application Accelerator works surprisingly well. A software program could improve the performance of a computer so much. According to Intel performance benchmarks, users of the Application Accelerator will significantly increase the speed of their computer. Intel tested the application accelerator by running the popular benchmark program Winbench99 on a machine with a 2.0 GHz P4 CPU. The score of the machine after installing the Intel Application Accelerator was 34 percent faster than when the Application Accelerator was not installed. Additionally, the boot time of the same computer was 58 percent faster after the program was installed.
The Application Accelerator program actually works as promised. Searching the Web, you will find hundreds of success stories for users that have installed the Application Accelerator with very good results. Users have reported their applications starting up twice as fast as before, and having many seconds shaved off of their boot time.
What are the system requirements?
Unfortunately, the Intel Application Accelerator will only run on certain systems, and your system must meet the strict requirements for it to run without causing problems. After all, the reason why it works so well is because it can optimize the storage driver to work at peak performance for a specific motherboard.
Basically, your PC must meet the following three different qualifications:
- Your PC must be running an Intel CPU: the Pentium II, III, IIII, as well as the Celeronbased processors and Xeon series of processors. Sorry, AMD users.
- You must have the Intel Chipset Installation Utility installed, if your chipset requires it. Visit www.intel.com/support/chipsets/inf/inf.htm to view a table of motherboard chipsets that need to be installed. It your motherboard requires it to be installed for the system to correctly identify your chipset, visit http://downloadcenter.intel.com/ to download a copy.
- The last qualification to use the Intel Application Accelerator is that you must have a supported motherboard chipset. Refer to Table 11-2 to see what chipsets are supported.
Tip If you do not know what kind of chipset your motherboard has, Intel has a free utility that will detect your chipset and display the model number for you. Visit www.intel.com/support/chipsets/inf/chipsetid.htm to download a copy of this utility.
If your chipset is not listed, then check the Intel Application Accelerator Web site, which is located at www.intel.com/support/chipsets/IAA/.
Table: Intel Application Accelerator Compatibility
Chipset Support 440 Not Supported 810 Supported 810E Supported 810E2 Supported 810L Supported 815 Supported 815E Supported 815EM Not Supported 815EP Supported 815G Supported 815EG Supported 815P Supported 820 Supported 820E Supported 840 Supported 845 Supported 845E Supported 845G Supported 845GE Supported 845GL Supported 845GV Supported 845PE Supported 848P Not Supported 850 Supported 850E Supported 852GM Not Supported 852GME Not Supported 855GM Not Supported 855GME Not Supported 855MP Not Supported 860 Supported 865G Not Supported 865P Not Supported 865PE Not Supported 875P Not Supported
Also, if your chipset is not currently supported, there is always the chance that someday Intel might add support.
Caution If your chipset is listed on Table above as not supported and is also listed on the Intel Web page as not supported, installing the Application Accelerator on your computer will result in big problems. Doing so will screw up your computer so much that it will not boot.
Additionally, Intel Application Accelerator has been confirmed by Intel to work with Windows XP SP1 Home/Pro.Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro has not yet been officially confirmed to work on supported Intel hardware but it is still worth giving it a try. Just make sure that you are using system restore to make backups so that you can easily revert to your previous settings.
In this tutorial:
- Speeding Up Your Computer
- Working with the Windows Prefetcher
- The registry to optimize the Prefetcher
- Accelerate specific applications with prefetch
- Using the Intel Application Accelerator
- How well does the Intel Application Accelerator work?
- How to install Intel Application Accelerator
- Fine-Tuning the Windows Paging File
- Disabling the paging file
- Adjusting the size of the paging file
- Changing the location of the paging file
- Defragmenting Your Drive
- Defragmenting the NTFS master file table
- Adjusting Your Application Priorities
- Using Task Manager to adjust priorities
- Starting applications with a user set priority
- Using WinTasks to profile your priorities
- Speeding Up Your Network
- Disabling unneeded protocols
- Disabling a specific protocol
- Calculating settings for CableNut
- Using CableNut to adjust settings