Question About Architecture

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SirJ, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. SirJ macrumors member

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    Hey guys,
    I've been researching processors I've been seeing the Penryn/Nehalem 45nm vs. the Westmere 32nm. My question is, what does the size (I'm assuming nm stands for nanometer? might be way off on that) have to do with performance?
     
  2. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    If I've got this right, smaller chips mean there's less distance between parts, so they can be run faster; also, chip-makers can fit more cores and more complex cores in the same space as older chips.

    Basically, Smaller = faster + more expensive :D
     
  3. SirJ thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh duh, that seems really obvious now that I see that.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Hey, you got the nanometer part right. :D
     

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