Dual Core vs HyperThreading vs Dual CPU

Andrew P. infofarmer at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 02:33:32 PST 2006

On 1/12/06, Gerard Seibert <gerard at seibercom.net> wrote:
> Garrett Cooper <youshi10 at u.washington.edu>
> >       No kidding. But I doubt the competence of people that buy computers
> > from big name manufacturers, unless they bought it maybe for server
> > applications, large scale deployment of machines, etc. Gotta love
> > their little Flash graphics with the "balls" representing "bits",
> > just hopping along the CPU/cores... lol.
> > -Garrett
> From a strictly marketing/advertising sense, it is a rather useful tool.
> Honestly, they could have posted a 5000 word white paper detailing the
> specs and performance gains versus none hyper-threaded or dual cored PCs,
> but how many actual potential buyers would have actually read or
> understood it. That little visual aid they developed immediately
> attracts a potential buyers attention.
> I do question why you make the statement, "I doubt the competence of
> people that buy computers from big name manufacturers" however. I happen
> to own two Dell computers, along with an old Compag (my first). In the
> past ten years or so, I have purchased at least 6 personal PC's and
> recommended dozens more to my friends. At least when buying from a well known
> manufacturer, the odds are that they will be around if something
> goes wrong with the unit. I have know individuals who have purchased
> from lesser known manufacturers only to discover that they were no
> longer in business in a year or two. I look for stability in the
> companies I do business with as well as the units I purchase. I
> personally find your statement somewhat insulting.
> --
> Gerard Seibert
> gerard at seibercom.net
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Welcome to consumerland :-)

If you buy equipment from companies, which are stable
thanks to great marketing/advertising strategies (and lack
of funding in all other areas, including R&D), it doesn't
make you a worse or a better man at all, but it does prove
for a thousandth time in a row, that those strategies are
almost exclusively effective ones in the land of incompetent
consumers :-)

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