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Processor Speed......... in Layman's terms

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tundrkys, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    What does it mean again.... AMD 3700 vs AMD 4000... both at 2.0Ghz??
     
  2. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    the 3700 and 4000 are the model numbers.
     
  3. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    Ok........ after a little research, I've found that while the processor speed is clearly stated... in this case 2.0Ghz.

    The model numbers represent the actual performance of the AMD processor as compared to an Intel processor.

    So, a 2.0Ghz model 3800 AThlon, performs like a 3.8Ghz Intel P4(if there were such a thing).

    NOw...... just skimming the internet these past few days, I'm thinking this is because the AMD includes an integrated Memory controller, where the Intel does not.
     
  4. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    thats interesting. good find.
     
  5. sparky472

    sparky472 Guest

    You are on the right track. Clock speed is only one factor in processor performance and subsequently, overall system performance. So, you are right in that the model numbering system compares performance relative to other processors clock speed ratings, and is based on the premise that other permformance optimizations - including the integrated memory controller - enhance overall performance. Indeed, AMD has consistently had better performing, more efficient processors than Intel for some time. I'm not telling you that you have to have an AMD processor to have a decent DAW. But, the benchmarks do say a lot about AMD performance.
     

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