Intel Blurs The Lines Between 4 And 6 Cores
Jul 20, 2010, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wolfgang Gruener)
"Almost five years ago, Intel ran into a heat wall and decided
it had to commoditize its processors and focus on the brand rather
than the clock speed. Processors received sequence numbers that
were designed as an indicator how fast a CPU runs, what features it
provides and how much power it consumes. That number appears to
have become irrelevant over time as it is virtually impossible for
consumers to decode CPU sequence numbers anymore. The icing on the
cake is a new 6-core processor, which can only identified as a
6-core processor studying the spec sheet.
"Do we still care what processor is in our PC? Or do we expect
that it is just good enough for whatever we want to do? That may be
just the case and only true enthusiasts may still be interested in
knowing what runs their apps and games inside their rigs."