I was just wondering, If you see something that says "2.4ghz quad core", does it mean:
A) 4 * 2.4ghz processors (to make a total of 9.6ghz)
B) 4 * 0.6ghz processors (to make a total of 2.4ghz)
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One of the main reasons behind developing dual and quad cores was the recognition that going into higher clock is not a good solution, anymore, for increasing cpu performance mainly because of heat creation and increase in computing errors. The solution was to create paralle computing and use other technologies to gain improved computing power without increasing clock speed. Therefore when you see a dual core at 2.4G that is the speed of the entire cpu assembly which includes two cpus working in parallel. The same goes for quad which has 4 cpus working in parallel at 2.4 (or whatever) speed.
By the way, dual core doesn't give you two times the performance of a single core. Quad gives you even less added value then dual.
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