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Dual Core vs. Dual Processor

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:26 pm

Dual Core vs. Dual Processor

To the hardware geniouses out there... what is the difference, if any between "Dual Cores" and "Dual Processors"?

Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:02 pm

Dual processor systems have been around for a while now, and they are designed to use two physical processors to do a kind of parallel processing. They came in handy when doing CPU-intensive tasks such as graphics rendering, or data analysis. Also handy when you want to run a server, since the load can be spread across both CPUs.

Dual core is relatively new, and is a technological advancement by building circuitry such that you essentially have two processors on one chip. The advantages are essentially identical to those for dual processors.

Post Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:08 pm

that's right, more or less; dual-cores give the essential benefits of dual-processors to desktop and laptop pcs, although for true servers, multiple-processor solutions such as 2/4x Xeon or 2x4x Opteron are implemented (such as the 3x SR1600s I installed the other week at work)

Post Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:18 pm

Thanks all for your help! My laptop search is narrowing down. Now its just about saving up the dough.

Post Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:21 pm

Same here, I've seen a good laptop aswell! Where am I supposed to get £699?

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