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Old 27 Dec 2005, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Dual-core processors

For years, chipmakers improved chips by increasing clock speeds. But physics and engineering problems put a stop to that approach as designers struggled to deliver sufficient electricity to power and cool the chips. The result: a course correction toward multicore processors that get more work done but at lower clock frequencies.

It's a move that began in 2001 with IBM's Power4. But this year, x86 chips from Advanced Micro Devices and Intel arrived in PCs and mainstream servers. Credit and More Information: CNet News

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Old 27 Dec 2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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When the 1 Ghz threshold was being reached Amd beat Intel
by a matter of weeks, AMD did it honestly and met orders timely,
Intel tested a lot of cpu's to fulfil orders much later. Now the fun part,
Intel released and recalled all P3 +1GHz cpu's, it was crisis time,
so Intel told their engineers to put the P4 on the market now!
The only way they could, was to lower the L1(memory in the core)
to 8Kb, the rest is history, Intel could go much faster but not carry a load.
Moral of the story: good honest hard work and perseverance pays off,
shortcuts and cheats come back to haunt you.
Too bad about apple, they should have gone X2AMD64, they'll be sorry.
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apple chose intel cause of its huge market share, not because of its actual performance. stupid apple

personally i want to see more of the cell microprocessor
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I dunno about the average reader, but dual cored apples seem like an abomination against nature.

Every apple I've eaten has but a single core. And it tastes just fine, thank you very much.


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