Dual cores to rule by 2007

Dual cores to rule by 2007

Summary: According to Gartner's Martin Reynolds, dual-core processors will deliver the greatest advance in performance since the introduction of the 386 way back when (1987), and outpace single cores in sales by 2007. Some software tuning is needed to optimize for the dual cores,  but performance will be far better than a single core of equilvalent speed for some applications--such as servers running virtualization software, media editing, CAD and games.

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According to Gartner's Martin Reynolds, dual-core processors will deliver the greatest advance in performance since the introduction of the 386 way back when (1987), and outpace single cores in sales by 2007. Some software tuning is needed to optimize for the dual cores,  but performance will be far better than a single core of equilvalent speed for some applications--such as servers running virtualization software, media editing, CAD and games. Reynolds says in his news note. For details on whether AMD or Intel has the speed lead, check out ExtremeTech's "Dual-Core Dual," which calls AMD a huge winner... 

Topic: Processors

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  • You pay more and get less

    Multicore processors does not add speed to most desktop applications. Rather they decrese speed to most desktop applications. I will not be buying multicore systems for may desktop systems. Pay more and you get less speed.

    They only work better with multi-user servers through workload distribution.

    Bad news is that Moore laws is dead. We no longer has the benefit of it.
    Wagadonga
    • Really, no evaluation agrees with you.

      Read lots of evaluations and they all say you are wrong. Tell us how you came to your conclusion...
      No_Ax_to_Grind
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      • Multcore processors will help desktops

        First, what really slows down our everday experience. Background task or graphics or opening files or the firewall, tcp stack. All of these things can be broken up and divided. Even todays software using XP will divid up these task onto sepearate processors. Most games might not break up very easily, but that will start to change by the end of the year.

        Multicores will provide many us a better experience right now. My everyday computer task are slow, becasue a disk has to spin up or I have to wait for a virus scan or the email is opening while I am trying to write a document and everythings comes to a crawl. We are multitasking more and more and adding to the background task that we run. Adding multicore and better thread managment will dramaticly improve the response time of our systems.
        donf_z
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  • Not true

    I have noticed a marked improvment on my Gaming Machine (Dual Core AMD) Expecally in terms of Multi-tasking. Playing Music, Burning a DVD, and Running my Boinc Client (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing)useto be a drain, but now the dual cores have vertually no noticable lag in it. Plus You have to try PhotoShop CS2 it is mult-threaded.
    Species8472
  • DUH

    Considering that Intel and AMD have almost completely switched over from single core processors
    to dual core processors this is observation is a little late, because it has taken Intel soooo long to catch up with AMD even though they used AMD's own design, kinda of saved on R&D didn't it.
    kelkins9