- 1). Identify which dual core processors will fit into the CPU socket on your motherboard. Look for markings on the motherboard socket to help identify what type it is. Most modern computers have either a Pin Grid Array (PGA) or Land Grid Array (LGA) socket soldered to the motherboard.
- 2). Evaluate, according to your needs, the importance of the dual core processor's clock speed and how fast it can execute commands. The clock speed is usually displayed as gigahertz on the processors and the higher the number, the faster they will work to execute commands. Dual core processors are designed to use two processors that can run applications simultaneously. The processors are able to use more RAM memory, which helps your computer to work faster.
- 3). Ensure that the dual core processor is compatible with your operating system. If you want to run a 64-bit Windows system, choose a 64-bit dual core processor that is compatible with multi-threaded software applications that you want to install on your computer.
- 4). Evaluate which type of dual core processor best handles multitasking if you have heavy workloads or frequently use video editing programs or Photoshop. Dual core processors are designed for multitasking, which allows you to work faster. For instance, if you're working on several applications at the same time and you also want to run a virus scanner in the background, you need a dual core processor that won't slow down your computer from the increased workload or develop bottlenecks.
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