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  1. #1 AMD's new 64 x2 
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    http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20050509/index.html

    Ok, this is a nice chip



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    i dont really see the point of it, by the time the average person can afford it, it will be outdated. what i want is a factory satndard liquid nitrogen cooler, that way a regular chip can be almost doubled with the right motherboard


    and so the balance of power shifts...
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    I have the AMD 64FX and it works just fine. Why would I need a duel processor anyway, it isn't any faster but it does run cooler. More money on something that isn't needed as yet. I think they, AMD, did it to keep up with Intel, not to make a better processor.
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    I take it you guys have never owned any dual CPU systems. I for one have and do now, I can tell you for sure they are much faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    I take it you guys have never owned any dual CPU systems. I for one have and do now, I can tell you for sure they are much faster.
    Just how much faster are they? Can you give us the specs on the speed and comparrisons with just one processor. From what I read the duels aren't that much faster at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    I take it you guys have never owned any dual CPU systems. I for one have and do now, I can tell you for sure they are much faster.
    Just how much faster are they? Can you give us the specs on the speed and comparrisons with just one processor. From what I read the duels aren't that much faster at all.
    It all depends on the application and the OS.
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    Since most everyday applications aren't coded to be multi threaded, dual core cpus are kind of a novelty for most users.

    It would be nice to have a virus scan going while I'm playing a game.
    I could turn on packet logging on my firewall without having my system crawl. For me, there's no reason to jump into getting a dual core cpu because I don't use any specialized apps.

    Truthfully I don't know how much of a pain it would be to code applications to be multi threaded. If it requires a substantial amount of coding, you'll only see the big software companies giving their products the capability.

    In the next year, I suspect to see samples of multi threaded apps that casual computer users use. I expect Norton, McAfee, et al to have their programs multi threaded.

    PC Games won't see multi threading until game developers start to seriously develop for the new consoles - all the next gen consoles have multiple cores.

    I don't suspect Microsoft will support multi threading with the next Office release. Maybe for Office v13 (~2009), if the applications become processor hungry enough.

    But for servers and professionals that use apps that are designed and benefit from 2 cpus, a dual core cpu would save them money and might increase performance over 2 seperate cpus.
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    You fail to see so many things that happen while playing a game.

    DirectX and Direct3D are not 100% processed in hardware, thus the second CPU takes up this task.

    Networking takes a certain amount of CPU time, this is also handled by a second CPU.

    Sound setup (while slight) is still somewhat done by the CPU.

    Disk I/O is still handled slightly by the CPU (SATA is better for this).

    Moving your mouse takes CPU power, the second CPU can handle this.

    Countless Windows functions all can be handled by the second CPU.

    Until you have owned one and used it every single day you really can't understand how good a dual CPU system is. Hyperthreading is ok, but no replacement for true dual CPU's.
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    quite old now but i still use it and it is perfect ... work's fine even the time passed so fast
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