April 19, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Back in the day, processor speed was always the spotlight in the computer world. Today, maybe it's my age or a sign of the times that new breakthroughs in processor speeds don't get much attention from the average user. For instance, Intel recently released its dual-core processor (putting two processors in one) and, prior to that, Hyper-Threading technology (I'll just let this article do the explaining). Do you even care? Or did I lose you in the terminology? I know some of you are salivating and waiting to get your hands on the latest and greatest processor, especially with the demands of computers nowadays running a whole lot more than simple processes--such as intensive multimedia. Do you care about faster computers and all the hype surrounding these new processors? Or are you like me, the average Joe who waits till you simply outgrow your computer and move on to next faster one? Before you talk the talk, check out Senior Editor Molly Wood's take on faster PCs and read what your fellow members have to say. And when you're ready to give your two cents, tell us if you agree or disagree with her statement on faster computers. We're all ears.
This week's hot topic:
Do you give a hoot about faster computers?
Is there really such a thing as too fast when it comes to a desktop PC? Is it worth spending several thousand dollars to get the latest and greatest? Many of you had different points of view when it came to Molly Wood's latest Anchordesk column.
Look into the past
Anyone that's been using a computer for the last decade can probably remember the first megahertz processor, much less the first gigahertz model. CNET member tradergeorge makes the point that any hardware spec that seems over the top now will likely be archaic in just a few years.
Read tradergeorge's full post
in CNET TalkBack
Get the perfect PC
CNET member monkeynetman points out that PC power should be dictated by what it's going to be used for. Along with video game fanatics, anyone who works with video, sound, or professional-level image editing should probably get the fastest machine they can afford.
Read monkeynetman's full post
in CNET TalkBack
Beating the heat
Even the fastest processor in the world is worthless when it isn't working. CNET member SantiagoCrespo has a hard time keeping his 1.8GHz notebook cool. Even after only a few minutes of playing a resource-heavy video game, his system simply shuts down from overheating.
Read SantiagoCrespo's full post
in CNET TalkBack
Want to share your opinions about fast computers? "PCs get faster! But who cares?" Then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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