TECHNOCLICK: Technology Connection

October 20, 2008

Gaming in Dual Core Computers: Defined

Filed under: IT ISSUES — monbaesa @ 9:21 am

There were complaints with dual core processors that included problems running serious games. They claimed that single core processors are still adequate for gaming. Some people declared that they were even better than dual core processors. Why did they make this claim? Well, for one reason, they said that not all games are written for dual core threading. They believed that dual core processors inhibited their ability to seriously play their games.

However, dual core processors have made great improvements in recent times. Some of the glitches and complaints that people once had with dual core processors have been ironed out. It used to be that they were slower because the computer had to accommodate two chips on a single piece of silicon. Such is not the case anymore. A dual core processor can actually greatly improve the quality of games. These days if you’re a serious gamer, or are interested in having the newest, most cutting edge technology, you simply must have a dual core processor to run your games faster and with greater accuracy.

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October 18, 2008

Dual Core Processors – Why Now?

Filed under: IT ISSUES — monbaesa @ 9:20 am

People confuse the use of dual core threaded applications and the efficiency of dual core processors in general. All things being equal a dual core processor will always be faster. In a dual core system the program and background processes can be divided between the processors. The difference in speed for most purposes if you are only running one program will be small but it is there.

October 15, 2008

Dual-Core: Are Two Really Better Than One?

Filed under: IT ISSUES — monbaesa @ 9:18 am

The software industry is not yet ready with the arrival of the dual core processors. For the moment, only the major operating systems are capable of taking advantage of the multi-threading technology offered by the dual core processors. Much of the present application software is coded for single core architecture and cannot recognize the “extra” processor in the system. The full impact of the dual core benefits is yet to be seen when most of the application software are coded for dual core architecture.

October 12, 2008

Dual Core Processing: Over-simplified

Filed under: IT ISSUES — monbaesa @ 9:16 am

The limit on the optimum clock speed based on the present technology has been reached. To keep up with the performance race, chip manufacturers took advantage of the Moore’s Law: they packed two processors onto one chip, presumably, that these two processors would be twice as fast as its single-core counterparts. However, several technical issues, such as pipelining, caching and system bus data management are yet to be resolved. Dual Core Processor performance falls between Single Core Systems and Dual Processor Systems.

October 10, 2008

The Closer Look on Dual Core Issues

Filed under: IT ISSUES — monbaesa @ 9:11 am

A few years ago, choosing a processor was pretty straightforward. It’s true that in the early days of microprocessors, a new model was often two or even three times faster than the model it replaced and sold for little or no more. Replacing the processor requires some research to ensure that the new processor is compatible with the current motherboard and other system components. Those days are long past.

Nowadays, choosing a processor isn’t as simple. Manufacturers now offers several lines of processors, which differ in clock speed, L2 cache, socket type, special features supported, and other characteristics. At any given time, the actual performance differences between their slowest and least expensive “economy” processors and their fastest and most expensive “performance” processors is relatively small. Processor performance increases incrementally and there are many more intermediate models available with minor performance differences. Even the model names are confusing.

Moore’s Law states that available processor performance and disk-storage capacity doubles every one and a half to two years. It described a trend that has continued to this day and is still remarkably accurate. It was found to not only describe memory chips, but also accurately describe the growth of processor power and disk drive storage capacity.

The latest issue in the processor industry is about dual core processors. It is two processor cores on one die essentially like having a dual processor system in one processor. AMD launched in mid-2005 the dual core AMD Opteron processors. It was designed with an extra HyperTransport Technology simply means a faster connection that is able to transfer more data between two chips. As response, IBM and Intel are cueing up their dual core processors as well.Why dual core? What are the reasons behind the shift to dual core and how will this impact the gigahertz performance race? Are dual core processors worth getting? Will they be compatible with the computer?

October 6, 2008

Are dual core processors worth buying at this point in technology?

Filed under: IT ISSUES — monbaesa @ 9:14 am

When it comes to the world of computers, two is almost always better than one. Dual monitors let you do twice the work of one monitor. A two-processor computing system is far more powerful than a single-processor system.

Unfortunately, there’s the cost issue. Not many users have several hundred dollars lying around for a system with an extra processor. Questions to be addressed like, “Do you want to spend the time and money finding the right processor for your computer? Are dual core processors worth buying at this point in technology? For you, the answer may be yes, it’s definitely worth your time and money to get dual core processors. For others, the answer is no. It may not be worth it to get a dual core processor at this point. Whether or not it is worth getting depends on your purpose and computer use. A person who only uses their computer for word processing may find it is not worth it, while the person whose whole life is on the computer will find it more worthwhile.

Even though dual-core processors probably won’t offer double the power of a single-core processor, they will provide significant improvements in power, especially for high-end users who multitask.

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