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Get to Know Your Computer Processors

Get to Know Your Computer Processors

Computer Processors

You are probably wondering, hey what’s this thing called a computer processor, is it that box on your desk, what does it do and what’s its purpose in my world, well today, we will give an insight into what a CPU is.

Processor
A computer's processor is its brain, the component where most of the "thinking" happens. A faster CPU (central processing unit) lets you crunch spreadsheets, surf web pages, play games (for those gaming fanatics and patrons) or edit photos faster: graphic designers, 3D Animation, physicists to calculate complex algorithms and statistics for those who love playing with numbers, not forgetting the computer programmers and web developers the list is endless.

CPU Threads and Cores
Basically, the more threads and core coupled with frequency will give you computing resources to begin and finish your tasks faster

Originally, CPU's had a single core. That meant the physical CPU had a single central processing unit on it. To increase performance, manufacturers add additional “cores,” or central processing units.

A dual-core CPU has two central processing units, so it appears to the operating system as two CPUs. A CPU with two cores, for example, could run two different processes at the same time. This speed up your system, because your computer can do multiple things at once.

Unlike hyper-threading — a dual-core CPU literally has two central processing units on the CPU chip. A quad-core CPU has four central processing units, an octa-core CPU

Core i3, i5, i7 - What does this mean to me?

This helps dramatically improve performance while keeping the physical CPU unit small so it fits in a single socket. There only needs to be a single CPU socket with a single CPU unit inserted into it—not four different CPU sockets with four different CPUs, each needing their own power, cooling, and other hardware. There’s less latency because the cores can communicate more quickly, as they’re all on the same chip.

Processors are Like Cars

Think about processors as cars. You probably wouldn’t buy a big truck and think that it’s the best car for drag racing, even it does have a massive motor with loads of horsepower. Sure, it won’t be as terrible as a 140-horsepower slow coach, but that’s not what it was built for.

The same is true for CPUs. A server CPU has loads of power, but it’s probably not going to be as good as a relatively inexpensive quad-core CPU for gaming. They were designed for very different things.

Coming Soon
Intel has outlined the final specifications for its latest desktop processors, a family of Intel i9 Core X-Series chips aimed at the high-end desktop market.

The chip giant's specs cover 12- to 18-core processors including the Core i9-7920X, Intel Core i9-7940X, Intel Core i9-7960X, and the Extreme Edition Intel Core i9-7980XE.

According to Intel, the desktop chips will cater to virtual reality applications, content creators, gamers, and overclocking hobbyists.