Here's a tip for musicians looking for a performance boost like me.
I've managed to do the following:
1. Activated Turboboost in the EFI bios
2. Went to Start > Control Panel > Performance Information and Tools > Advanced tools > Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows
2a. Under the tab Visual Effect select:'Adjust for best performance'.
2b. Under the tab Advanced select under the option Adjust for best performance of: 'Programs'
3. Click ctrl+r and type msconfig and disable all unnecessary Services and startup programs
4. Disabled network connections, and AV apps
This gave me an impressive performance boost!
---------- Post added 04-22-2012 at 11:18 AM ---------- Previous post was 04-19-2012 at 02:29 AM ----------
[ISSUE FIXED] UPDATE:
Writing this for future reference for anyone experiencing the same problem with an i7 processor.
The cause of the big load was merely a configuration setting.
The problem was that the Windows only saw 4 cores instead of 8! Here's how I fixed this:
1. Do ctrl + R;
2. Type msconfig;
3. Go to tab Boot;
4. Uncheck number of processors and maximum memory;
5. Click ok & ok;
6. Reboot and witness the magic...
Now I'm getting a maximum load of -45% on stress.
Intel I7 2600 @ 3.4Ghz | ASUS P8H65-M B3 REVISION | 8GB RAM DDR3 dual channel @ 1333MHz | Presonus Inspire 1394 | Behringer BCF2000 | Roland D50 | Windows 7 64 bit | Cubase 5