Would it be freaky if I knew that the day AMD released their 1GHz processor was May 6th, 2001? I didn't look that up, so I hope I'm wrong. Otherwise, I'm just a PC nutcase.
The way AMD is going with their 4x4 is not necessarily as they had described it initially. The memory controller on the AMD processors is better for handling multiple cores, but the multiple cores aren't that good.
Then again, have a look at those benchmarks! Man, they're really good. The reason these CPUs are so "bad" is that the Intels rock so much! So even with the poor memory controllers by which each core has to queue a bit before it can access on-die cache and the system memory, there'* just that much more speed to beat out the pure full throttle of all the AMD cores working at once. Also, Intel seems to shut off parts of the cache to conserve power! There'* a reportedly unnoticeable delay in powering up that cache for use, and even with this millions of times a second, the Intels pull so much ahead. It'* like Intel'* a Bonneville, and AMD is a bucket. At least it'* the common understanding among us all.
But you can still slow down an Intel, and my PC is proof of this. It took about 5 seconds after clicking on an icon on the desktop to have it highlight, but the PC booted up to the welcome screen in no time flat. That'* some monstrous corruption, and it was before
I know how to optimize PCs and let them run freakishly fast. I ran a computer company for both repairs and setting up people with lifetime tech support and years of free labor. I have worked in IT to set up websites, manage servers, for some reason do PR
, and then obviously put together "office" PCs. The owner of the company just loved spending money on awesome PCs and was a Microsoft partner, so that was fun while it lasted. Never drink alcohol and own a business.
And then of course there'* the hobby stuff like organizing LAN parties. Man, 1337ssei at his old house had most of the upper floor for himself! He had a special LAN room with 60A outlets every 2 feet and a counter on 3 of the 4 walls. Amazing place. The new house has a basement, so they opted out of that special stuff.
But even with this experience and more goods, I just can't figure out what my PC was doing. I'm going to throw in some Celeron, back up the files, and start over fresh. So much with experimenting with antivirus programs and some shareware image editing software... So the general consensus here is to go the way of the quad core for Adobe, Corel, and Gimp? The graphic artist at the old business had a 7GB Mac with dual 1.8GHz G5 processors. I don't really know how this is substantial information anymore. Skim through and let me know what else I should blurt out.