Dual core or triple core?

By LordGiruvegan
Sep 19, 2010
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  1. I wouldn't say I am an extreme multitasker, but for an extra $10 I can upgrade to a third core. I was gonna order a new PC from a website and from what I thought, each core was combined to make a total speed. So a dual core 2.8ghz would be two 1.4ghz cores, and a triple core 2.8ghz would be three 0.9ghz cores?

    I am most likely confused, but that's why I can here. XD
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    A dual core 2.8ghz would be two 2.8ghz cores, and a triple core 2.8ghz would be three 2.8ghz cores. if you have the extra $10 go for it.
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hi lordgir,
    that's not how it works a triple core is three cores at 2.8Ghz, a dual at 2.8Ghz each. You do not 'add up, or divide up' the frequency of the cores. for $10.00 yes definitely get the extra core. More and more software is becoming multi threaded and will take advantage of it.
  4. LordGiruvegan

    LordGiruvegan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright, thanks for clearing that up, you two. It just seems really odd for them to add another 2.8ghz processor for only $10, when they run for at least $70.

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