Intel Core 2 Duo?

Does the core 2 duo mean that it is double. ex. if i buy a core 2 duo computer the is a 1.6 GHz is it like having a 3.2 GHz normal core? What i am saying is i have a 3.0 GHz pentium 4 HT desktop. If i buy a 1.6 GHz core 2 duo notebook will it be the same/ faster than the desktop?

Becuase ive seen people on ebay selling core 2 duo notebooks that are 1.6 Ghz listing they are 1.6 X2 or 3.2



9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It's not quite that simple, but the core 2 duo is much more efficient per clock over Intel's previous Pentium 4. Having Dual cores 1.6Ghz is similar, but not equal to having a 3.2Ghz machine, but that's only if the application you use is developed properly for dual cores.

    Check out Toms Hardware's CPU charts and compre your processor to the ones you were thinking of switcing to, you can pick applications that they've tested that may be similar to the type of work your doing.

    For example a Pentium 4 630 (3Ghz) took 9:59 minutes to encode an HD quality movie clip, the same thing took 4:45 minutes on a Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.1Ghz).

  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

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    to compare Pentium 64 to Duo Core

  • 1 decade ago

    It is the second Generation of the Duo Family which is dual core. If you get a 1.8Ghz Core 2 duo. You are buying the second generation core duo which is fast than the original it will not show up as 3.6Ghz but 2 1.8Ghz.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your computer will run faster, but I suggest a Core 2 Duo Extreme. Thats a quad core.

  • John H
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    1 decade ago

    Your P4 3.0 HT IS ALSO DUAL CORE! (I have the 3.6 P4 HT)

    The 1.6 is still 1.6! You only use the power of the other core when your Operating System supports it, and you are doing several tasks at once.

    That's why I use XP Pro (instead of Home) for my Operating System!


  • 1 decade ago

    I think a core duo is like to Intel processors not sure maby

  • 1 decade ago

    No, you don't just multiply the processor speed by two.

    Wikipedia has a good article on the Core 2 processors:

  • 1 decade ago

    get a amd 74 quad

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