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Why Are Dual Core Processors So Popular?

written by: Lashan Clarke•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 9/30/2008

Sluggish Computer? This article will highlight why the speed of dual core processors makes them a popular alternative to single core processors.

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    The dual core processor created quite a stir in the computer industry when it was first manufactured. It is great for anyone wishing to increase the speed at which they clock their computer. When shopping around for a dual core processor, it is essential to make the distinction between a “dual core processor” and a “dual processor”

    To clarify, a “dual processor” is different than a "dual core processor" even though the terms sound quite similar. A dual processor means that a computer has two processors, each having a separate connection to the motherboard. However, a “dual core processor” involves two core processors, which are connected to a single socket.

    The popularity of dual core processors is due to its characteristics of being able to magnify the speed that the computer “clocks” at. Dual core processors also make it easier to create smaller computers because they take up less space than a dual processor configuration.

    Another reason for the popularity of a dual core processor is that it is more affordable than buying a computer with two processors and two motherboard sockets.

    A dual core processor is handy for computer users wanting to maximize the amount of activities they carry out on their computer.

    If computer users are looking for a processor that can help them to multitask whle using their computer, then a dual core processor is recommended. For example, computer users that are heavy gamers will need a computer that functions at top speed to enjoy the maximum effect of their game.

    In terms of speed, a dual core processor has been shown to be faster, on average, than a computer with a single processor. Since the dual core processor is two processors with only a single motherboard socket, the dual processor is generally faster because there are two processors and two motherboard sockets. So, with all other factors being equal, a dual core processor will function, speedwise, somewhere in between that of a single processor and a dual processor.