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COMPUTER PROCESSORS

Dual-Core or Double Hype?
By: Developer Shed
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    2005-05-25

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  • Dual-Core or Double Hype?
  • How Dual-Core Is(n't) Faster
  • What Dual-Core Will Do
  • So Who Needs It?

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    How much of your time has your computer wasted with an hourglass cursor when you try playing streaming video through Winamp, compiling a heap of code, and rendering images in Photoshop simultaneously? Thankfully, Intel just started offering dual-core processors to make the most of your busy computer.

    If you have you lost count of the times you find your computer lagging when you work on several Autocad projects while also zipping your entire C drive, and burning a series of CDs, or if you’ve just hoped that you could find an expensive new computer feature that is more status symbol than performance, Intel has the answer; you should be happy to hear about the new systems work.

    Intel surprised everyone this Monday when they announced they would begin releasing their first dual-core processors through Dell, Alienware, and Velocity Micro. Since Intel and AMD both decided to double up the cores instead of squeezing more power out of their processors, it was expected that AMD’s first release (scheduled for the middle of this year) would be months ahead of Intel’s. But Intel beat both expectations and already has the chip inside manufactured PCs. According to Intel’s site, the new chips are being marketed to “power computing users, multimedia entertainment enthusiasts, and gamers who crave optimum PC performance for audio, video, digital design, and high-end gaming.” With the two cores the CPU can multitask more effectively, processing two things at once. Much like a dual processor system with a few more shared components, these have two data threads in the same processor unlike standard single-core ones. The model that includes Intel’s Hyperthreading feature, having two Hyperthreaded cores, is like having four threads. Intel’s big push is how much these processors can let you do at once. While this sounds like a great advancement, how much use is it going to be to people?

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