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What the Heck is Inside My Computer? – Part 4 – CPU
Posted By On September 8, 2010 @ 1:16 PM In Hardware & Peripherals | Comments Disabled
Side Note – What Processor Is Faster???
Don’t you HATE trying to pick out a new PC? It’s sometimes impossible to tell what processor is faster.
Used to be, you just picked the one with the highest number – it was the fastest. Alas, no more…
Unfortunately over the years the waters have become so muddied when it comes to processor speed and the way it’s measured keeping up with it is a full time job. You have different architectures, different numbers of cores (each core in your CPU is a separate processor), different cache sizes (fast memory built into the CPU itself) and different speeds. Two processors may appear to have the same speed, but because of a difference in cores, cache, or the way the chip is built (agriculture), one chip runs significantly faster than the other.
Recently Intel tried to make things easier and I think they’ve succeeded. Currently in their line you have a choice between different speed i3, i5 and i7 core processors. Generally speaking, the higher the number, the faster the processor.
For most people the i5 cores are about ideal, especially if you get a 64 bit system (most are now) with 4GB of RAM.
From low to high for AMD – it’s the Sempron, then Athlon (and Athlon x2, then the Athlon II), then the Phenom, and top line Phenom II – at least as of this writing. See why it gets confusing?
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