Hey all! I'm looking at upgrading the processor in my laptop sometime in the near future, but I am stuck between two processors. I am debating between a quad core that is .1 ghz slower than my current dual core, but it does have more cores and a processor that is .8 ghz stronger, but is still a dual core. They both also have triple the cache of my current processor.
So my question is, will I see bigger performance gains with the much quicker dual core, or the slower quad? I do a lot of virtual machine work and programming, but no video editing or anything of that nature.
I'd choose the quad, even the dual has higher clock. It's an extra 2 processor threads. Well, if you run many applications at once, quadcore shines here because more process can be handled at once. If you only run 1-2 applications at once, choose dual.
I see you run Virtual Machine. VM uses separate process as 'virtual processor' so quadcore is more stable here, also when you alt-tabbing to your programming.