I'm looking for a decent laptop for gaming. The game requires 3.8 ghz CPU or 2.4 dual core. All I seem to find are triple and quad cores. In the past, the game won't install if the CPU isn't recognized as being within standards. Will the lower ghz in a quad interfere with this even though it'll run it?
You need to tell us what game you are talking about and link us there. GHz do not matter as, for example, a sempron 2.7GHz is massively faster than a pentium 4 3.4GHz.
...and what does a 1.8 triple core equal out to be? Would that be equal to a 5.4 or does it calculate different?
It calculates differently.
EG, Athlon IIx4 620. You basically have 4 CPUs at 2.6GHz each. A program can run on one core. It will have available 2.6GHz of processing power. You also have a large amount of non-intensive background programs running that each can use one core.
Now you have say, a game called Dragon Age Origins. This program has been written so that it can run parts of itself in parallel. Each part will have 2.6GHz of processing power. But the program will run faster because it has split its workload among 4 CPU cores.
Most games today can use 3 cores. Older games can use 1 or 2 cores. A few games like FSX, GTA4 and DAO can use 4+ cores.
Tell us what game you are talking about!
Jimmy wants a sandwich. Frank says he'll make it. Jon wants to help but he can't because making a sandwich is a one person job.
Jimmy and Fred each want a sandwich. Now Jon can help. Two sandwiches can be made in the time of one because Jon and Frank are working in parallel, each making one sandwich.
Jimmy wants a sandwhich but wants it cut in half. Jon has an idea. Jon and frank go into the kitchen and frank cuts a piece of bread in half. Now each make half a sandwich with reduced time vs one making the full sandwich then cutting it in half.