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Old 09-30-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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What is the difference between a laptop and a notebook? Also, in SIMPLE TERMS, whats does dual core or quad core mean and what do they allow you to do?

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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A notebook is essentially a different name for a laptop. Manufacturers started calling them notebooks because people started complaining of the extreme heat when they placed their computers on their lap.

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Old 09-30-2009, 04:02 PM   #3
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dual core - two proccessors in one CPU chip

quad core - four processors in one CPU chip

the big difference is that quad cores are better suited for multi tasking.

say, for argumentative purposes,

a dual core would have to be 6Ghz,
to equal the power
of a quad core at 3 Ghz.

get what i mean?

hope this answers your other question, without going to in depth
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:34 PM   #4
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a dual core would have to be 6Ghz,
to equal the power
of a quad core at 3 Ghz.
VERY loosely speaking...!! Technically speaking that's not really correct at all, though I do see where you're coming from on it.
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:24 PM   #5
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Let's explain this correctly and clearly:

6GHz dual-core does not equal 3Ghz quad-core at multi-tasking.

Today's computers applications vary greatly in how many cores they take advantage of. General websurfing, e-mail, videos, music, etc., essentially average users' applications, require a low clocked (the clock is the "speed" of a CPU) dual-core. Gaming is a more intense dual-core application, however, it has not been programmed to use four cores yet. Since it does require a lot of "speed" from the CPU, a gamer would want to buy a high clocked dual-core. Lastly, we have the quad-core processors. Among the applications designed for them are video and sound editing and encoding. These have been programmed to take advantage of multiple cores, so they would perform better in more cores rather than in more clock.

For example:
Computer A - 3.4GHz dual-core
Computer B - 2.6GHz quad-core

Computer A would perform better at gaming, while computer B would perform better at video encoding and editing. Both of these would perform extremely well in your every day applications because they both exceed the requirements for them.

There are also differences between each quad-core available and each dual-core available on the market, but this would take you into their architecture and specifications; something that is deeper than what you asked for, but still important to be aware of.
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