Understanding Processors

  Steve A 16:16 15 May 07


I'm looking into getting a new laptop in the coming month and have been bamboozled by the wide range of processors around.

Having read various articles and forums it would appear that Intel's are better than AMD's. So I've looked at Intel machines. But I'm still confused.

What is Dual Core meaning, if it's say Core 2 Duo 1.6ghz, does this mean that I have effectively got a 1.6ghz processor for one application and another 1.6ghz processor for another application. Or is it 0.8ghz each?

Secondly, I've seen that there are two types of dual core processors out there.

Intel Core Duo and Intel Core 2 Duo.

So if there is
Intel Core Duo 1.73ghz
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6ghz

which is better, as I assume Core 2 Duo is newer.


  Quiet Life 16:26 15 May 07

Go for the Core 2 duo. The two cores are on separate dies and have their own level 2 cache which makes them faster and run cooler

  Totally-braindead 16:51 15 May 07

I'm not an expert on Intel but from what everyone else says the newer Core 2 Duo is a better chip.

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