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Which is better: Intel single core 3 GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2 8GHz?

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November 17, 2009 9:55:46 PM

well, I'm just trying to find out
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November 17, 2009 9:57:07 PM

Get the core 2 duo, the second core will help out a lot more than the extra 200 MHz
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November 17, 2009 10:04:24 PM

Intel doesn't have any 3.0Ghz single core precessors, unless you look at the old P4, which if that is the case even a 2.0Ghz core2duo would be much better than it.
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November 18, 2009 1:47:54 AM

Even a Intel Core2Duo @ 2.8 Ghz with one of its core disabled (thus making it a single core) would still be leaps and bounds better than a native single core CPU (which you're probably talking about a Pentium 4)
November 18, 2009 2:29:24 AM

A C2D with one core disabled and running at 1.5GHz will perform similarly to a 3 GHz P4.
November 18, 2009 11:00:13 PM

the c2d can compute circles around the single core cpu in any application
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November 18, 2009 11:08:05 PM

Core2Duo chips are around ~40% faster than the old P4 Netburst chips clock for clock.
November 26, 2009 12:30:30 AM

I can vouch for what the others said from first hand experience. I have a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz in my the desktop I used until this summer and a new 1.3 GHz single core processor which is essentially a Core 2 Duo minus a core and they are comparable in CPU performance.

Everything else in the computer will also be a lot better too. Everything in my old computer was also high end for the time and my laptop with the 1.3 GHz single core runs significantly faster in every way.

So if you're asking this because you're hesitating on buying what you think is a slower CPU, hurry out and buy that Core 2 Duo.
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