PROCESSORS….which one is made for you??

garpic.jpgComputing, storing, retrieving, processing, manipulating data has come a long way and become the pillars of the modern life, whether it is in the field of business, entertainment, defense, analyzing the occurrence of events and others. The exhaustive task involving the tracking of raw data has been handed over to the computers and it’s only the information (the useful output) that interests the intellectuals around the globe. This has made the results more reliable, accurate, and precise and has eradicated the chances of human error creeping in.

It seems like a whole world of surprises is wrapped up inside the processing unit providing just the useful set of serial or parallel I/O ports, USB ports, LAN port, memory card readers to connect a wide range of devices such as keyboard, mouse, joysticks, USB Flash Memory, printers, scanners, etc. Now, even the digital cameras and mobiles can be attached to the USB ports resulting in all possible data transfers.

In 1997, there was the launch of Intel Pentium II series of processors that ruled the markets followed by Pentium III & IV. But now the single core processors are fading away and are taken over by dual core processors (in the present time) with the quad core processors in line to succeed them. It seems as there is never an end to innovation in technology and no matter how advanced system you lay your hands on it’s going to be left behind few years down the line!!

This flooding of choices in the form of Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon (mostly used in Mac machines) processors has boggled the mind of an average buyer. To add to this is the long list of processor code series such as Intel T2050, T5500, T7100, T7200, etc for Laptops and E2200, E5500 and so on for desktops which leave you in a complete dilemma. With differences in clock speeds, L2 cache and RAM which appear too small to be noticeable, these processors can greatly affect the performance of your system. Another fact is that an Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz processor is probably slower than a Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, signifying that clock speed is not only the criteria for judging the performance and efficiency of a system. In this pool of options, the only way that guarantees you a best buy is to formulate your own requirements and purposes that you expect from your PC. i.e., whether its will be put to gaming, coding, or animation purposes, and whether it will function as a server, stand-alone client, or work in a shared network.

Seeing the intense competition arising in the fabrication of processor chips and other micro devices in the global market, the world is all set for experiencing the revolution that the future has in store for them!!

Ishant Arora