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CPU questions

Question asked by Matt Graves on May 30, 2008
Latest reply on Jun 10, 2008 by Nautical Structures
I do design consulting, so I do a little bit of everything, including rendering and animation with PhotoWorks and Animator. I haven't spec'd a new machine in 4 years, and I'm hoping to get a new one soon. Technology has advanced a lot in those four years, and I'm wondering how potential CPU configs. compare to each other.

For example, is a single quad core processor better than 2xDual cores? Are slower clock speed Xeon's "faster" than a higher clock speed Duo or Quad? I don't want to just go through the PC configurator on Dell or Xi and assume that the higher priced options are better just because they cost more.

If the collective can point me to a resource that explains some of this, or share some insight, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

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