Dual Core Vs Single Core Processor Real World Performance Difference

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Edge, Mar 14, 2006.

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    Edge Guest

    I am in the market for a new system to for 3-D, audio creation and
    business apps. Is there a performance improvement for a dual core
    processor with this type of useage or am I better off with a single
    core processor?

    Edge, Mar 14, 2006
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    A program must be programmed to work with the dual processors. If the
    program is not using the dual core technology programming wise, then you
    running out to buy a dual cpu computer is moot.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Mar 14, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    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.
    While running any program in XP (Home and Pro can both utilize dual cores)
    there are unrelated background processes eating up CPU cycles. 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.
    While encoding a long MP3 with a dual core machine you can effectively run
    other programs without long time outs simultaneously although, depending on
    what you are doing, there will still be hiccups.
    I probably spend most of my time with Photoshop CS2 which has some dual
    threaded processes. Either because of that, or the issue about shunting
    background processes to a second core, there is a significant difference
    when performing complex operations on very large (100mb) files compared to a
    comparably clocked single core machine.
    If you are getting a new machine an AMD dual core with at least 1gb of
    memory is the only the class of machine you should look at. Intel is
    significantly late to market with comparable CPUs.
    bmoag, Mar 14, 2006
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    Joe Guest

    I disagree. If you have one program that is NOT written to take advantage of
    dual processing then a single core will beat it if that is all you are
    doing. Dual cores shine in muti-tasking.

    Joe, Mar 15, 2006
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