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Why is the faster i7 1.60ghz faster than the i5 2.4ghz ?

I am studying about processors. I need to know how to distinguish why one processor is faster than another. I would appreciate this explained to me. Why is the faster i7 1.60ghz faster than the i5 2.4ghz ?
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  1. So you want us to do your homework for you ?
  2. I would guess either newer and better architecture or hyperthreading. Don't know either, and particularly don't care. Sounds like laptop clockrates so either way, you're getting crap.
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    This is hard to explain. But just know this: Processor frequency (I.E the GHZ) does not provide a good way of comparing cpus anymore. Cpus today are built on completely different architectures, have multi-cores, have different amounts of cache etc.

    The best way to find the faster cpu between 2 cpus, is too hit the internet and look at benchmarks. This is the most reliable and foolproof way.
  4. No it is not homework. I have an HP computer, but I want to build one on my own. I am trying to find out answers so I know what I will need to puchase and so I can understand what I am doing - if that makes sense.
  5. inzone said:
    So you want us to do your homework for you ?


    Here's the deal. I am a fifty one year old man who wants to build his own computer. I got online and registered to this forum to find friendly knowledgeable help. I am trying to learn about this before I start actually trying to build a computer. Yes, it is my fault I am ignorant on this subject, but I am trying to educate myself. As a Moderator I would think you would want to be helpful, but from your answer to my posted question I take offence. I had a couple of helpful people and chose an answer. I think I will write the person who operates these forums and fill them why in the future I will go elsewhere to find answers. Of course I will refer them back to you so you can explain that yourself.
  6. Russ Moeller said:
    inzone said:
    So you want us to do your homework for you ?


    Here's the deal. I am a fifty one year old man who wants to build his own computer. I got online and registered to this forum to find friendly knowledgeable help. I am trying to learn about this before I start actually trying to build a computer. Yes, it is my fault I am ignorant on this subject, but I am trying to educate myself. As a Moderator I would think you would want to be helpful, but from your answer to my posted question I take offence. I had a couple of helpful people and chose an answer. I think I will write the person who operates these forums and fill them why in the future I will go elsewhere to find answers. Of course I will refer them back to you so you can explain that yourself.


    Inzone had a point. It is not hard to do a quick search and see the difference between two processors - the features are usually clearly listed by the manufacturer, and can also be found out by contacting the retailers. Like I said, it's either newer, better architecture, hyperthreading, or both. And it's not hard to find out which.

    Of course, speaking of architecture, you didn't exactly give us much to go by. I mean, a brand/series and clockrate doesn't really tell us anything. The i series is going on close to 5 years now. No matter how you look at it, it's your homework to do if you are looking to make a purchase.

    Now, if you know the difference and just want advice on which to go with for your particular needs, that's a different story. That's what Tom's Hardware is for. But it's not here to give you a 101 in CPU architecture and make blind guesses based on nothing but brand, series, and clock rate.

    No offense.
  7. Here's the deal. I am a fifty one year old man who wants to build his own computer. I got online and registered to this forum to find friendly knowledgeable help. I am trying to learn about this before I start actually trying to build a computer. Yes, it is my fault I am ignorant on this subject, but I am trying to educate myself. As a Moderator I would think you would want to be helpful, but from your answer to my posted question I take offence.


    Perhaps if you had included this info in your original post my response would have been different, your initial post said that you were "studying about processors" which tends to make one think that you are in school in a computer oriented program. and not an older person wanting information on certain computer parts.

    You may find my initial response offensive in some way but it was not intended to offend you since it was in question form. However since you do feel so strongly about this here is our Community Managers email if you wish to contact him.

    JPishgar@bestofmedia.com
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