Is Intel Core 2 duo processer Good or Bad..
November 11, 2006 4:22am CST
Is Intel Core 2 duo processer Good or Bad.....?
16 Dec 06
Motherboard and chipset compatibility There are now several motherboards that can accommodate either a Pentium D or a Core 2 Duo processor. Some require a BIOS upgrade, though, and to do that you need a CPU that the motherboard can work with. In other words, you'd need a Pentium D processor to boot with, then you'd have to upgrade the BIOS, then you could install a Core 2 Duo. This option is only viable for people who own these motherboards and wish to upgrade from a Pentium D to a Core 2 Duo. Check your motherboard documentation and the manufacturer's Web site carefully before you buy anything. In some cases, a newer revision of the BIOS is already installed on the board. If you buy from a local computer parts store, you can check the motherboard revision number in person before you buy it, or possibly have store technicians update the BIOS for you before you take the board home. It's a bad idea to buy a board from an online retailer if you need a specific revision -- you're likely to get the wrong one, and online retailers are unlikely to be sympathetic to your situation. RAM support varies, but as of this writing it's all DDR2 across the board. Some chipsets can do DDR2-533 and some can do DDR2-667 or DDR2-800. The actual frontside bus (the physical pathway between the RAM and the CPU on Intel systems) operates at a frequency of 1066Mhz, so that should be the theoretical limit of the RAM frequency as well. As far as operating system support is concerned, you definitely want a 64-bit OS for maximum performance. Forget Windows XP -- if you need to stay with Windows, it'll have to be Windows Vista. Otherwise, give GNU/Linux a shot. If maximum performance doesn't matter to you, you're probably reading the wrong article. All modern operating systems will easily support dual-core processors, and all the ones worth using will also be 64-bit.
16 Dec 06
'm really impressed with the Core 2 Duo processor; it's a giant leap ahead of the embarrassment that was the Pentium D, and it puts Intel on top of the desktop and laptop performance race once again -- this time without requiring a bigger power supply. This is the first must-have processor upgrade since the socket 754 Athlon 64 -- the Core 2 Duo is that much better than the previous generation of CPUs.