How fast is a core duo?

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  1. breakfastcrew macrumors 6502

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    I know core duo processors can multi task better than pentium 4s. But in terms of numbers what pentium 4 speed is equalvalent to a core duo 2.0 ghz speed?
     
  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I believe that for almost any task, a 2ghz Core Duo is faster than any Pentium 4 that was ever released. I have seen benchmarks to suggest this, but I have also seen benchmarks to suggest otherwise. The best way that I can think of off the top of my head to compare this, is that according to Apple's own benchmarks, the G5 compared favorably to the Pentium 4, and the Core Duo is much faster than the G5.
     
  3. breakfastcrew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    em......rlly? are you saying core duo beats those overclocked like 5 ghz pentium 4 desktops?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That's a bit excessive. The Core Duo clocks near a Athlon X2 +3800-4200.
     
  5. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I'm sure a Overclocked 5 ghz pentium 4 is more expensive/faster/less stable than a Core Duo. It's just not effective anymore to have the highest MHZ/GHZ, it's all about the cores these days, dual-core, quad-core, sooner-or-later octo-core.
     
  6. someguy macrumors 68020

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    em.....no, if you read what he said, you'll see he was referring to "any Pentium 4 that was ever released". When exactly did Intel release a 5Ghz Pentium 4?

    Don't forget FSB and CPU-level cache. :)
     
  7. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    AND that too...

    Where can I get a overclocked 5 ghz pentium 4 anyway?
     
  8. exabytes18 macrumors 6502

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    It wouldn't surprise me to see a Core Duo out perform a 5ghz Pentium 4 (Unreasonable to achieve 5GHz, but possible). GHz per GHz, the Core Duo gets more done than the Pentium, plus it has the advantage of dual cores.
     
  9. exabytes18 macrumors 6502

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    Custom build a massive heat sink and use Liquid Nitrogen to cool it. :) Then overclock to no end. It's been done.
     
  10. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Why would you compare an overclocked P4 to a not overclocked Core Duo?

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    Core Duo can be overclocked too
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Overclock the Core Duo? It was a speed champ in a few tests/benchmarks. :D

    Edit: Chaszmyr has it.
     
  12. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Also to compare to a PPC. A 2 GHz Core Duo is equivalent in performance compared to a Dual 2.5 GHz G5. (no source, just some guy, not someguy, but some member on this forum).
     
  13. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    fast.
     
  14. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I've never seen benchmarks that put the core duo at anything better than equal to the G5 at the same clock speed, and usually slightly worse. A G5 clocked 25% higher than a core duo is going to win pretty easily.
    Unless you live in Steve Jobs' patented Reality Distortion Field
     
  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I second this motion.
     
  16. breakfastcrew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so a core duo processor beats a pentium 4 in every possible way?
     
  17. someguy macrumors 68020

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    I'll never understand people's concern with processor speed comparisons. The only thing I care is that what I have, or what I want to buy, can run what I need it to run and do it smoothly. My G4 does everything I need it to do, and it does it well. Is it faster than a P4 at the same frequency, I don't know and I don't care. All I know is that I don't need anything faster.

    That said, I would like an Intel Mac so I can have Windows available to me when I need it (which is somewhat often due to the fact that there is no Kinnexus for Mac... yet.) :)
     
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    The chip is crap until it can run Adobe.

    Then I will be interested. ;)
     
  19. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Have you checked out Apple's SPEC benchmarks of the iMac Core Duo? they claim that the 2.0ghz Core Duo is 3.2x faster than a 2.1ghz G5 for integer, and 2.1x faster for floating point. Yes, it's a dual core processor compared to a single core one, but it's very, very fast. Now you might say Apple is cheating on the Core Duo benchmarks.. but people said they cheated on the G5 benchmarks too, so what else is new?

    Moreover, I have a dual 2.7ghz G5 machine, and a 1.83ghz Core Duo machine, and the speed is pretty comparable.
     
  20. Willis macrumors 68020

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    ive always wondered this so time to ask i guess.

    the ghz for a dual core chip. say, the 2ghz core duo. is that 2ghz per core or 2ghz combined?
     
  21. Mikael macrumors regular

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    Two frequencies can't be added like that. So, when they say that a dual core CPU runs at 2GHz, each core runs on a 2GHz clock signal.
     
  22. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

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    Good for you, some people do video encoding or use processor intensive apps though and that extra speed DOES make a difference.
     
  23. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Agreed, people have deadlines and do not have the patience to wait through long render times. They buy the fastest machine they can afford that will help them do their job.

    Then there are the others that really don't need the speed and aren't making a living off of their machines.
     
  24. someguy macrumors 68020

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    Good for them. ;)
     
  25. xPismo macrumors 6502a

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    Core 2 Duo's have already been OC'd to 3.8/4Ghz. :eek:

    i may buy a mini just to play with OC'ing and use as a renderer.
     

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