to dual core or not to dual core...

Ken Gunderson kgunders at
Mon Aug 15 21:54:36 GMT 2005

On Mon, 15 Aug 2005 14:36:14 -0700
Freddie Cash <fcash at> wrote:

> On August 15, 2005 02:08 pm, Ken Gunderson wrote:
> > ah, that is the question...
> > It seems to me that for most normal workstation use one might well be
> > better off w/investing in faster single core cpu than in dual core.
> > Anybody running the dual core on desktop fbsd workstation can report?
> Considering 95% of all Socket 939 motherboards will accept dual-core 
> processors with nothing more than a BIOS update, get a single-code 
> system now, and upgrade to dual-core when the prices drop.
> The nice thing about AMD systems is you can do that.  :)  Intel 
> dual-core requires an entire new chipset/motherboard, RAM, etc.

Right on AMD being mroe better than Intel...  But what I was getting at
was, all other things being equal, i.e. same ballpark budget, would one
be better off sacrificing cpu a few hundred MHz to go w/dual core (e.g.
2.0 GHz) or better off "investing" in single core w/more Mhz and a 1MB
L2 cache (e.g. 2.4 GHz). Given that these puppies are w/in $20 of
each other, I'm inclined to opt for the later.

Best regards,

Ken Gunderson

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