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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ObscureReference, Aug 2, 2011.

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  1. ObscureReference

    ObscureReference Thread Starter

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    Well, not exactly sure if this is the right place to ask, but I've never been quite good at telling apart CPUs, and I am currently planning to buy another laptop. I mean, when I look at them, it's like trying to read Chinese, apart from the obvious brand name.

    AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2.80 GHz
    Taking my CPU as an example, what does everything after "(tm)" mean? lol

    In short: How do I tell the quality of a CPU?

    Thank you all in advance ^^
     
  2. Stamp101

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    You use google to look up reviews on the processor at hand. In this case it's pretty good. 64-bit dual core processor 2.80Ghz is speed, relatively inexpensive.
     
  3. flyer0101

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    The main thing your looking at when purchasing a CPU is its speed I.E 2.8Ghz and it amount of cores. The more cores the better. A duel core run twice as much as a single core for example however the higher thee amount of cores the more expensive.
     
  4. kris141087

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    Think of multiple cores like having more than one processor inside a single container. Multiple cores allow your computer to do multiple things at once instead of asking a single core to juggle between tasks and slow down your system.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    It used to be that clockspeed was the overriding factor; that is NOT the case today. As an example an old Pentium D 940 dual core rated at 3.2gig would seem to be a pretty fast cpu. It is greatly surpassed by modern cpus running at lower clockspeed. This is a function of numerous factors;
    1 Chip design
    2 Available cache ie memory on the chip
    3 Mgf process ie 65, 45, 32, etc

    In short clockspeed is still important however overall chip design is MUCH more important in obtaining a given level of performance.
     
  6. ObscureReference

    ObscureReference Thread Starter

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    Okay, a little more literate about the cpu. Thank you everyone :)
     
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