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[News] [ Tech Poll ] Do You Need Lots of Cores or a Faster CPU Clock Speed?

2019-09-14 03:44:45
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Hi Mi Fans

Processors (or CPUs, which stands for central processing unit) have come a long way since their humble beginnings. We have more cores and faster clock speeds than ever. If we cast our eyes back to the year 2000, and the release of the first Intel Pentium 4 chipsets, processor speeds topped out at 1.5GHz and you would have to wait until 2005 to see the first Intel dual-core processor hit the market.

Clock Speed


Many people describe the CPU as the brains of your system. To make things easier to understand think of the CPU not as the brains but as the brawn. If computing is a car then the CPU is the engine. The higher the clock speed, the faster the car (system) will go. Clock speed is measured in GHz (gigahertz), a higher number means a faster clock speed.

To run your apps, your CPU must continually complete calculations, if you have a higher clock speed, you can compute these calculations quicker and applications will run faster and smoother as a result of this.

Multi-Cores


Up until 2005, virtually all processors on the market were single core. Clock speed ruled the roost and the fastest processor was always the best choice. Nowadays processors have multiple cores and systems can be built with multiple processors (each with multiple cores).

Multi-core processors became popular as it became increasingly difficult to increase clock speed on single core processors due to technological limitations. Rather than working tirelessly for an extra 0.1GHz of clock speed, manufacturers instead added more identical processing units to single processors.

A core is a single processing unit, multi-core processors have multiple processing units. So a dual-core 3.0GHz processor has two processing units each with a clock speed of 3.0GHz. A six-core 3.0GHz processor has six processing units each with a clock speed of 3.0GHz. The six core processor we just described has a total clock speed of 18.0GHz. That means your programs will run six times faster than with a single core 3.0GHz processor then? Well, not exactly…

Higher Clock Speed vs. More Cores?

Ok, so you now understand the benefits of a higher clock speed and the performance boosts more cores can offer. Do you go for a processor with a lower clock speed but more cores? Or one with fewer cores but a higher clock speed? First off, if possible, you want to go for the one with the highest clock speed and the highest amount of cores. Due to budgets, however, this isn’t always possible and there is usually a trade-off between cores and clock speed.

More cores, slower clock speed

Pros
- Applications that support multi-threading will greatly benefit from having a higher number of cores at their disposal
- Increasing the number of cores in your CPU is a cost-effective way of increasing performance
- Multi-threading support for applications will continue to improve over time
- You will be able to run more apps at once without seeing performance drops
- Great for running multiple virtual machines

Cons
- Lower single-threaded performance than a higher clock speed processor

Fewer cores, higher clock speed

Pros
- Better single threaded performance
- Lower cost option

Cons
- Fewer cores to split between applications
- Not as strong multi-threading performance


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m.wael.eg | from Redmi Note 5

#1

Thanks For Sharing A Poll
2019-09-14 04:09:09
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i need both thanks for the poll
2019-09-14 04:41:29
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Murshad | from app

#3

A Faster CPU Cores are better. though More Battery Intensive
2019-09-14 05:40:33

Grand Master Bunny

Ian Adoe | from Redmi Note 5A Prime

#4

Both...
2019-09-14 06:06:53

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m@soud | from Redmi Note 5

#5

Both      
2019-09-14 06:44:44

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6228810115 | from Redmi 5A

#6

Both,
2019-09-14 06:50:26

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6229045758 | from Redmi 5A

#7

Both.
2019-09-14 07:01:29
I would go for multi-cores because of multi-thread support and faster performance.
2019-09-14 07:18:11

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kokye21 | from MI 9

#9

I will go the AMD way, firsr put more cores, then with new process get clock speeds higher :D
2019-09-14 07:26:22

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Edivan Santtos | from Mi 9 SE

#10

Both is very important
2019-09-14 07:37:00
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