Enter the dual-core processor
Fortunately the PC industry has a high-throughput solution, a new generation of microprocessors built with two independent processing cores in a single physical package. Just like the proverbial two heads, dual-core processors
are intrinsically better suited to complex computational challenges. They’re
ideal for multi-tasking. Compose a slide show while a virus scan runs in the
background, download audio files while catching up on your e-mail—a dual-core system has the power to do more at the same time. And because a dual-core processor can distribute its work more efficiently, it may run cooler and
consume less energy. They’re available today in both desktop and notebook
systems, so there’s no need to choose between performance and mobility.
This is the PC you’ll need tomorrow
Do you really need a dual-core processor for your near-term applications?
Well, that’s precisely the point. The role that PCs play in our lives and homes
is continuing to change rapidly. It’s becoming our primary gateway for rich,
high-definition media, information and entertainment experiences. There’s no
end in sight for new PC applications or the workloads that go with them.
Dual-core technology is actually arriving just in the nick of time.
It’s very much like a new TV purchase decision. If you need a new TV
today, do you buy standard or high definition (HD)? Even if HD content isn’t
immediately available you certainly still buy an HD set. That way, when HD
content is ready to connect, your new TV isn’t instantly obsolete. It’s the same
with dual-core PCs. Your digital world is evolving too fast for short-term purchase strategies.
Factor in the newly available Microsoft Windows Vista operating system,
the growing list of software that runs better on dual-core processors and the
wide range of speeds, cache sizes and price points to fit nearly every budget,
and it becomes clear: Everything is coming together to make now a great time
to replace your old PC. A