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slowness of FTM 2014 on large reports

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Re: slowness of FTM 2014 on large reports

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 6:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Oct 2013 9:47PM GMT
From my testing, FTM 2014 (64-bit) runs about 50% faster than FTM 2014 (32-bit) on the same file and the same computer.

I use a 27" iMac 64-bit with Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) running under Parallels 7 with 16 GB of RAM on each side so I can run very interesting comparisons.

The early betas of FTM 2014 were 32-bit, so I was able to run the comparisons on the same test file and same computer and record the results on a genealogy report, a 3x3 EFT and large kinship report.

FTM 2014 32-bit is no faster than FTM 2012 32-bit

In my case, I am using 16 GB of RAM, 3.2GHz i5 processor and a conventional hard drive. It is faster again with a solid state drive.

File size around 7,500 people

Note that running 64-bit and less than 4GB of RAM won't show any real improvement.

32-bit can only address 4GB of RAM and typically in Win XP, Win 7 etc, 32-bit; about 1GB of RAM is needed to run Windows and other functions, so on your set-up you only have about 2.5GB of RAM to run FTM. I think this is far too low for a 'large file'.

64-bit can comfortably use 100GB of RAM or more.

Makes a big difference to databases like FTM


Also FTM (Win) is very Windows dependent, ie it uses a lot of Windows functions via .NET. If your Windows is a bit 'suss' things will be even slower.

FTM Mac3 (in beta) 64-bit really flies compared with the Windows 2014 64-bit equivalent as it doesn't have to deal with .NET.

About 50% or more faster again than 2014 64-bit and I can get it to load in 2/3 seconds.

So maybe consider upgrading to a 64-bit Win 8.1 computer with at least 8GB of RAM and a fast processor like an i7 and also a SSD or combo SSD and conventional drive.

Or maybe just buy a good iMac? :-)



John D

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
KATHYMARIEANN 17 Oct 2013 12:36PM GMT 
johndd189 18 Oct 2013 12:51AM GMT 
jamclo 18 Oct 2013 2:08AM GMT 
Marco Scavo 18 Oct 2013 9:57PM GMT 
jamclo 18 Oct 2013 10:00PM GMT 
johndd189 19 Oct 2013 2:42AM GMT 
KATHYMARIEANN 19 Oct 2013 7:57AM GMT 
johndd189 19 Oct 2013 8:51AM GMT 
Marco Scavo 19 Oct 2013 2:44PM GMT 
KATHYMARIEANN 19 Oct 2013 4:11PM GMT 
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