Computer configuration for optimal Trados performance
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Toon Theuwis (X)  Identity Verified
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Nov 1, 2016

Is there anyone with experience in state-of-the-art computer configurations in combination with Trados studio 2015? I'm trying to find out how a new CPU and memory would result in faster performance.

So if you buy a machine today with a killer configuration (quad-core 4,2+ GHz, 32 GB RAM, SSD, all the bells and whistles) would it seriously improve performance of Trados or is there a limit? The reason I'm asking is because I'm working with very large TM's (EU-related) and the larger the TM (talking GB's here), the longer it takes to see the results. Also, transferring a 300Mb TMX to SDLTM takes about 45 minutes. If there is a serious increase in speed, this would mean increased productivity for me.

I'm now working with a dual-core 2,6 GHz, 8GB RAM and SSD on a Mac.


Paulo Eduardo - Pro Knowledge  Identity Verified
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More than your computer capacity, Nov 1, 2016

focus on connection resources (wired/wireless boards, router/switches, subscription).


Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Gaming PC with cheap graphics card Nov 1, 2016

Toon Theuwis wrote:
If there is a serious increase in speed, this would mean increased productivity for me.

And presumably you're running Parallels or something? I'm sure that has to hit performance.

I would look at the specs for desktop PCs optimised for gaming, then build one yourself, but without dropping £500 on the latest graphics board (you won't need that for SDL Studio - buy something cheaper).

There are lots of tutorials about, such as here. How fast it will be is anybody's guess, but you should see a decent speedup over your current system. Make sure you get a fast SSD [Edit: I suggested a Samsung Evo PRO, but you would probably want a PCIe SSD like a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe], fast memory etc..

Or just head over to the Alienware site and buy one there, but again, the problem is that you will end up paying a huge amount for a graphics card you don't really need.


[Edited at 2016-11-01 14:15 GMT]


Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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SSD Nov 1, 2016


I have 32 GB RAM since 2 years and Intel 7 cores - but it was not possible to work with the EU TM. But my new SSS disk can now manage big TM's.



Walter Blaser  Identity Verified
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Crucial components are disk and RAM Nov 1, 2016


From my experience, I would say that the most critical components are the disk and the memory.

Make sure that you use a SSD (preferably a PCI-E based one and not a SATA interface-based one) and not a magnetic hard disk and that you have at least 8 GB of RAM. The processor will not be a bottleneck anymore today.


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