Whats better, dual core or i7?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by reeni201, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
    not sure if i am in the right section..

    I am computer illiterate
    whats better (faster),

    a duel core 2.1 acer
    or a 2.4 core i7 with turbo boost technology

    and whats the difference
  2. Quad5Ny, Feb 10, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2009
    I'm not exactly sure what your looking at, but the second one (the i7) will very likely be faster.

    Do you have more details of the computers your comparing (like the model numbers)?

    The difference (that you listed) is 2 different CPU's, but it's impossible to just compare computers using just CPU's operating frequency as there is much more going on inside a computer that effects "speed".
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
    That's what people say, the i7 would be faster I just don't understand as a duel is like double the processor speed that's why it's duel?

    except the 2.1 duel has 4 gb ram 500gb hdd
    and the i7 2.4 has 16gb ram 1tb hdd
    I just figure 2.4 alone without duel wouldn't be fast?

    Toshiba notebook p780/p785
    acer aspire 5536
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
  5. macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2008
    An effective 4 cores will beat 2 cores. And i7 has other advancements as well. No comparison, really. But your usage might mean other aspects if the system could matter more, such as screen quality, keyboard, battery life, size/weight...

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