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What do they do?

Do I need one in a new computer?

What's the benefit?
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Two is better than one.

You need one.

You can't have true multi-tasking with one processor, if you really want to simplify things down to a basic level. Multiple processors mean that you can have more than one thing happening with the full attention of the CPU.

So - if you run app 1 and app 2 at the same time, they can both get the full attention of a CPU. This is ignoring OS overhead, but you get the point.

Going forward, more apps will support SMP which is how geeks say "multiple processor support". App1 could access the full power of all available CPUs.

Single core CPU is a dinosaur and will not be an option in the next few years. We've passed the tipping point - get a multiple core system.




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Thank you for dumbing it down for me!

Makes sense!

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I'm not especially impressed with dual core technology. But then again. I'm not a power user who plays games while burning DVDs, or is surfing the internet while downloading large files.

One benefit to the dual core processor is the F@H system, though.

I'm looking forward to seeing if there's a way to eventually merge a dual core processor into one single processor if two processors aren't needed. Does that make sense? Kinda like if two 1.5ghz processors aren't needed, a 3.0ghz is now available if necessary?

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If you're planning on getting or building a new computer, make it a Core 2 Duo, as it runs circles around AMD's finest (including the FX-62) and it overclocks very well.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Oliver
    I'm not especially impressed with dual core technology. But then again. I'm not a power user who plays games while burning DVDs, or is surfing the internet while downloading large files.

    One benefit to the dual core processor is the F@H system, though.

    I'm looking forward to seeing if there's a way to eventually merge a dual core processor into one single processor if two processors aren't needed. Does that make sense? Kinda like if two 1.5ghz processors aren't needed, a 3.0ghz is now available if necessary?

    -O


I upgraded from an AMD 1.333 GHz (1 GB of memory), to a 2.400 GHz Core 2 (4 GB of memory) in Oct and I went from 3500 or so points in F@H a month to almost 12,000 points a month.

When my virus scanner goes off, there is no noticeable lag as runs while I'm playing a MMORPG. If I had the cash, I would have got a Quad core, but alas, maybe next time.

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