CPUs are getting faster. Does it really do more?

@faisai (1140)
Hong Kong
June 13, 2009 12:27pm CST
CPUs are getting faster. Display cars are getting faster. Computers are running faster and faster. But do we have that much work to do for the computer? I mean have you ever wondered why there are computers that can run so fast and yet there are not that many applications that require so much processing power? For instance, if you are just surfing the web or typing a document for your work, do you really need a computer with Quard-core CPU with a few gigs of memory? OK, some of us do play computer games and that means we need more power, right? Sounds nice except that buying a PS3 may prove cheaper than having a powerful enough computer that can beat it. What do you think? Are we just chasing for more and more power without a true idea of what to do with all the extra juice?
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• United States
14 Jun 09
processing power doesnt matter unless you are editing video or pics or gaming. i have a macbook for school, and a desktop for gaming and editing vids.
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@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
15 Jun 09
Thanks for your reply. While I also think that processing power doesn't matter most of the time, the truth is it is getting faster and faster but we don't have that much work to let it fully utilize.
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@seven74 (120)
• Singapore
14 Jun 09
Do we really need it? NO. Do we want it? YES! with the fast paced society, people constantly seek convenience, and haste. Most people, especially kids who grow up in the 21st century are getting extremely impatient and it seems that it is part of their character. True that we don't really need softwares that advanced and fantastic, but truth is, we want them. Many people just don't have the patience to wait. Less time waiting means more work done.
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@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
14 Jun 09
Thanks for your reply. I do agree that we don't want to wait if it is possible to avoid. But then are we waiting because of the CPU? I don't really think so. From my experience, it is not common that the CPU is under full utilization. Think about it, the latest CPU can easily consume 100W power but do we really need all the power offered by it at all? We don't actually have much work for it to do (other than playing computer games or media encoding)...
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@whizkid08 (715)
• India
13 Jun 09
Interesting discussion mate!! Well, I am a Tech guy and upgrading my PC with every latest technology and chip is my passion!! I totally agree, for people who don't need such "Super-computers" with tonnes of memory and graphics card and tremendous speed, they should avoid spending bucks here right away. It would be really foolish for a person to go for a Quad core processor when he just needs to type in a few documents.. IT firms do need such configuration to set up their Workstations..
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@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
14 Jun 09
Thanks for your reply. I also think that most people don't really need to Quad core processors but the fact is when you go out to shop for a new computer, the sales will try to persuade you to take that. Even if you are so sure you don't need it and take a dual core one, the question still remains, can you really consumes that much processing power at all? I mean most people are doing things that the CPU developed some years ago are fully capable of already and yet, they are already obsolete.
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@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
In my line of profession, I need a very fast computer with huge amount of disk space. I sell paintings online and make digital arts, to achieve high quality artworks I need to scan it at 300dpi - high resolution. The computer will definitely crash if I'll be working on a 1GB ram so I need atleast 2GB RAM for that with 500GB hard disk plus and external hard disk of the same capacity. If you're also working with Flash projects having a slow computer will not really help you. With present advancement of technology if you remain to have a slow computer you'll never be able to view websites with good graphic effects, coz they are following the trend of improvement. All low capacity hardware are phased out in factory sales coz they won't be able to contain the new versin of OS - Window Vista if you won't meet the minimum hardware requirement. I guess even if you're not an advanced user of a computer, since you're viewing pages from advanced programmers, its just right to avail yourself with such fast and average capacity hardware to keep up with the innovation. Online support are now suspended for Windows 95 and there are no longer follow up updates for the software, the disadvantage of this is that, you're computer will be more prone to new viruses that attacks the new advanced software or OS. You won't be able to defend yourself from such viruses if the computer is not evolving as it should be. New anti-viruses have is also not backward compatible and you have to meet the minimum requirement that they impose.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
14 Jun 09
Thanks for your reply. Your reply inspire me to another question. We do know that there are websites that use flash so heavily that it is nearly impossible to run using a low end computer. The question is: is that really all necessary? Take a look at just how many sites out there are actually pulling away from Flash based and back to basics. What I am interested is that is it because the developers are having so powerful computer at their disposal that they can make something that are so resources intensive? Innovation doesn't necessarily mean we just use more and more resources for things we don't need, I suppose.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
14 Jun 09
Sadly, many website designers still use Flash as their main tool when developing websites and won't consider using a combination of HTML and CSS to achieve what they want. I really hate to see sites that are so heavy with Flash.
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
I don't think so. Even though CPUs are getting faster they really don't do more because latest application that are being created does use much resources that CPU give. For example the windows vista, a operating system that has a high requirement for it to run.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
14 Jun 09
Thanks for your reply. Vista is really a very interesting phenomenon. Most people say that Vista is very resources intensive and that they think XP is so much better due to the lower requirement on system resources. But then, CPUs are getting faster, memory is getting cheaper, so is Vista, obviously should be doing more than XP, really that bad to consume more resources?
• Peru
14 Jun 09
Well is correct that the computers are now more fasters and more cheapers but then are more cut because in minus than 1 year the computer turn off
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
14 Jun 09
I also think computers are getting cheaper and more speed day by day. I think it is good to have very fast speed. I also wish that internet also get more faster and cheaper. Long before the cost of the computers were very high and only rich people could afford to buy one. Now a days, the cost is low that everyone can afford to buy one.
@faisai (1140)
• Hong Kong
14 Jun 09
Thanks for your reply. Computers are already quite affordable now. I mean you can get a Netbook at around $300 which already contains almost all you need from a computer. Still, more powerful CPUs are going out to the markets which I just wonder why people are buying them for. Do they really have the need or is it plainly to chase the tech?
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
26 Feb 12
As days goes more and more faster computers with better storage will come and also the price of the computer will come down so that all people can use them like using a television in their homes.