How to Choose a Dual Core Processor: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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There's a saying that "two heads are better than one," and the same applies to processors. Using two processors instead of one makes a PC run faster. Dual-core processor technology essentially packs two processors in one computer in a way that's compatible with existing motherboards. Many processor models have dual-core versions, which means there are hundreds of different dual-core processors to choose from. The type of motherboard your PC contains determines which type of dual-core processor is appropriate. You must also choose between different brands and processor frequencies.

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    Dual-Core Processors: To put two separate processors in a computer, you would need a specialized motherboard to support them. A dual-core processor is a compromise that allows you to run two processors with existing motherboards. In a dual-core processor, two processors are placed on the same chip, each with their own cache, or temporary data storage. However, they share the resources the motherboard provides, such as memory channels, and therefore appear to the motherboard as a single processor.
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    To put two separate processors in a computer, you would need a specialized motherboard to support them. A dual-core processor is a compromise that allows you to run two processors with existing motherboards. In a dual-core processor, two processors are placed on the same chip, each with their own cache, or temporary data storage. However, they share the resources the motherboard provides, such as memory channels, and therefore appear to the motherboard as a single processor.
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    Motherboard Socket: Processors use a land grid array to connect to a motherboard. Each LGA has a corresponding socket type with a pin arrangement that fits the LGA. For example, an Intel Core i3-2100 processor is a dual-core processor that uses LGA 1155, which requires Socket H2 on the motherboard. If you already have a motherboard, you have to buy a dual-core processor that's compatible with its socket. If you're buying a new motherboard, choose the dual core processor you need and then buy a compatible motherboard.
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    Processor Frequencies: A computer processor operates as electricity cycles through it. More cycles means a faster processor. A processor's frequency tells you the number of cycles per second the processor was manufactured to support. For example, 2.4 GHz means 2.4 billion cycles per second. When choosing a dual-core processor, you can often select from different frequencies. If you use your computer for high-intensity gaming, you may want a higher frequency. If you use your computer for basic productivity applications, such as email and Web browsing, you probably won't notice a difference between two dual-core processors with different frequencies.
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    Processor Brands: Brand aren't much of a consideration when choosing a dual-core processor. Most processors sold for home and small business use are either AMD or Intel processors. Both brands use different sets of LGA and socket types and therefore require different motherboards. Because each company uses a different processor technology, you can only compare processor frequencies within a brand, not across brands. You should determine how compatible the socket required by a dual-core processor might be with new processor versions if you intend to upgrade your processor in the near future.

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