Processor Speed Is Not The Only Thing To Look At

by on January 15, 2008

Q: Is a 1.15 GHz processor a downgrade from a 2.08 GHz processor?

A: In terms of speed yes a 1.15 GHz processor would be a downgrade from a 2.08 GHz processor. You need to make sure you are comparing the same processors though because if you are not the GHz really does not mean much. I am going to assume you are comparing the same if not similar possessors though because if you were not comparing similar ones then the process of going from one processor to another would probably require that you change motherboards.

However, if you were not comparing similar processors then you need to compare more items than just speed. You would want to look at things like how many bits the processor can process at once. Most processors are still 32bits but 64 bits are becoming more and more common and it just means that the processor can deal with more data at the same time.

Another thing that is becoming more common is for processors to have multiple cores. This is like having 2 or 4 processors in one and really helps when you multi task a lot i.e. checking your email, browsing the web, looking at photos, and listening to music.

Hopefully this gives you some idea of the other things you would want to look at besides just the speed of the processor when trying to compare processors so you can get a better idea what processor is best for you.


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