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What you don't realize though is that causes CPU lag, and
throttling, which lags synthesizers when combined with other
applications, such as browsers. Even antiviruses don't use that
much processing power with realtime protection. This is very much
so with synthesizers like eloquence. That is why it makes sense to
bvuy the most powerful specs that budget allows to prevent this
On 5/16/2021 7:03 PM, Gene wrote:
Six to ten percent out of one-hundred? Hardly.
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2021 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA running on a budget
I'm sorry. 6-10% CPU power is alot of system resources.
On 5/16/2021 11:50 AM, Gene
Nothing I’ve seen convinces me that NVDA itself
uses a lot of computing power. nor have I seen this
with screen-readers in general to the small extent
I’ve checked. Its using the newer synthesizers that
uses a lot of computing ;power. If you want to use
the newer voices, I can’t comment on the minimum
specifications to get good performance but in the
old days, I had machines that today would be
laughably underpowered, running Windows 95 and
Windows 3.1 and Via Voice, very similar to
Eloquence, ran well. This was in a 166MHZ, not GHZ,
Pentium machine and in an even older and less
powerful machine running Windows 3.1.
As for NVDA using a lot of computing power, if I
monitor use when I’m typing text with carachter echo
on in the Windows Task manager, I get low numbers.
I just checked and while moving up and down the list
in task manager, then pressing f5 to refresh the
screen, I get a 6 percent CPU reading. When typing
in this e-mail message, alt tabbing immediately to
the task manager and refreshing the screen, I get a
10 percent usage reading.
I’m not saying there won’t
be variations, but those figures are close to
what I generally get when I test doing these
And I haven’t seen
complaints about the performance of NVDA from
people using tablets.
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2021 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA running on
a budget laptop
I would do a minimum of 8gb of ram, and a current
gen i5/r5. That is as low as you should go. Even
with those specs, NVDA is heavy on CPU usage.
On 5/15/2021 7:36 PM,
Brian Vogel wrote:
Personally, I would not even consider
running Windows 10 with less than 8 GB of RAM.
Nor would I consider a Celeron processor, for
anything, these days.
I'd invest a bit more for additional memory and a
better processor. You might also consider a
refurbished business-class laptop, which can be
had at very reasonable prices (or at least could
prior to the pandemic - everything's getting more
expensive as supply is constrained).
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2,
Always remember others may hate you
but those who hate you don't win unless you
hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
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