Processor speeds - single and dual core.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by danielsamuels, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. danielsamuels macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    If I have a 2Ghz dual core CPU, would it be the same speed as a 4Ghz single core?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    not exactly. try to think of it as a road and the cars are the info

    a single core is like a dual lane highway at say 100mph

    a dual core at half the freq would be like a quad lane freeway at 50mph.

    not the greatest analogy but i hope you kinda get the point

    however, there are a LOT of other facotors though when determining the speed of a computer such as fsb, ram, etc
  3. highjumppudding macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2008
    this is a touchy subject. if an application or the OS, OS X "IS" Multicored in the code, and you have a multicore cpu, itll be faster than a single core. because it can distribute the processes between processors. also, it helps with multitasking because you can be running more apps at once because you have two processors.

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