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The difference between Core 2 Duo and Dual Processors?

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    How do I explain the difference between a Core 2 Duo machine and a machine with dual XEON processors.

    Here's why I ask: I made a service call on a Dell machine that has two Intel 2.2-GHz XEON processors--a dual-processor board. I replaced it with a Gateway model 5412 that has a Pentium Core 2 Duo processor. He noticed the spec tag on the front of the new Gateway machine said 1.8 GHz.

    Now, how do I explain how the Core 2 Duo processor compares with his old XEON dual-processor board?
     
  2. Rich-M

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    This is tough to explain but you have to remember that a dual core cpu shows up in the system as 2 processors and for all intents and purposes really is... while it is not accurate really, there is some justification for 1.8ghz really being equivalent to 3.6 .
    This pertains to Amd really but is one of the better explanations of what dual core is and why the measurement is different.
    http://www.short-media.com/articles/dual_core
    and here:
    http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Processors_Explained.html
    Oh and one of the other things I would have explained is you saved them a lot of money too!
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

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    Thanks.

    He isn't interested at all in the cost of a PC so saving him money on something that small isn't a consideration. You've heard the old saying that money is no object? Well, with this customer, the cost of a PC is literally no object.

    He overpaid me $260 yesterday because he said I wasn't charging enough. He also gave me his old 19" LCD monitor (works) which he replaced with a 22- and his old Dell dual-processor box (replaced because the HD whines). I put a new HD in it last night and it runs fine.
     
  4. Rich-M

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    I don't doubt that as I have a few of those also, and the $ were not a major point of what I was saying, only an after thought anyway.
     
  5. hewee

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    Ok get this PC for him then. (y) :D

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  6. Alex Ethridge

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    His first question was how long would it take to get here.
    In rethinking my numbers on this, it was $360 over, not $260.
     
  7. hewee

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    How nice to be over paid. :)
     
  8. Alex Ethridge

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    Very! It seems to happen about once a year; but, it has never involved over about $150 or $200.

    He said he did it because when he calls, he wants me to be glad he did. Well, I will be.
     
  9. hewee

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    Still nice even if it is once a year. Wants you to put him first when he does call so pays you the added money.
     
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