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Why do ultrabooks have lower Ghz CPU speed?

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a b D Laptop
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June 10, 2014 8:01:14 PM

They are really low powered so the battery lasts a long time between charges.
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a b D Laptop
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June 10, 2014 8:04:18 PM

Ultrabooks are about thin and light. Higher clock speed cpus generally run hotter and take more power. These more powerful cpus drain batteries faster and require a thicker heatsink.

If software can use all the cpu cores, this lower speed is less of an issue.

Also note that clock speed is not always an indicator of performance. Look at how the 2.4 GHz Core 2 duo cpus killed 3.8 GHz P4s(including the dual core ones).

Intels current cpus have a trick too. when running a program that only uses one core, the others can enter a low power state and allow the single core to clock up to a higher speed(Turbo).
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a b D Laptop
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June 10, 2014 8:20:30 PM

Ha Ha - he deleted his post. Can you close this thread?
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June 10, 2014 8:50:26 PM

It was a forum spam protection mistake. It should be back as USAFRet fixed it.
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June 11, 2014 2:46:04 PM

LOL. Where the heck did my original post go?
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June 11, 2014 2:52:08 PM

So I'm assuming these low end CPU's in Ultrabooks can still perform well? Like there won't be a drop in processing? Or does it depend on what you're using it for? So if I were to do video editing or high end gaming on an ultrabook, would I have to have a faster CPU or something?
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a b D Laptop
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June 11, 2014 3:53:29 PM

They work OK for what's required.
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