- Dual core CPUs, don't get your hopes up
Seems the next big move for processors is that of dual core, especially now that clockspeeds are reaching their peak on current technology. But will dual core chips really be as good as they sound? Some arn't so sure of that, mainly due to the inevitable lack of software support to follow suit. Sander Sassen expresses his views on this topic over at Hardware Analysis today.
Both AMD and Intel decided to pull another trick out of their hats now that the clockspeed game has hit a snag. Neither AMD nor Intel seem to be able to push processor clockspeeds much further without significant investments that probably don't make it worthwhile to go that route. With the cancellation of the 4GHz Pentium 4 and the Athlon 64 being the reigning champ in all but a few specific benchmarks the question now is who will be first out of the gate with a dual core CPU. But does it really matter? Would a dual core CPU running at 3GHz make much of an impact, equal 6GHz as the marketing departments will undoubtedly pitch it? Well, I doubt it, as there's a few things that need to be firmly in place before anyone can reap the benefits of dual core CPUs, much like 64-bit computing AMD has been touting for the past three years.
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