Dabblers are the people who play or smash a lot with hands. Uggh, I meant geeks who stroke a lot of characters on their keypad creating and building some remarkable marvel of their unique style. Being a dorkian, I can proudly consider myself as a productivity dabbler. We all are introduced to processors as the heart of the computer in our childhood. Today, let me explain to you all how to choose your heart for productivity as fast as possible.
As a wise man once said, “the processor you choose now is going to decide your fate for the next 7 years”, let us understand the seven major things that salesmen mostly hide when you are on hunt for a budget PC. The points mentioned here are based on true personal experience with salesmen and their marketing gimmicks. Unlike other conventional blogs, this blog tries to remain as dork as possible to add a unique touch and a personal feel to our dorkian community.
The CPU or processor is the warehouse of billions of transistors, which control the flow of current within them. They communicate to the computer as –
1. Hey buddy, I am allowing Ampere through the gates right now.
2. Hey buddy, I am not allowing Ampere through the gates right now.
The Ampere discussed here is the current, and based on the state of current within the processor, the computer has naturally adopted to work on the binary logic so far.
the central processing unit decides how quickly your computer can understand certain instructions and allocate other resources to achieve a particular task.
If you have no skills right now, and if you have pretty much enough pocket money to afford to buy the perfect beast, and last but not the least, if you have the quest to unlock your hidden talents and re-engineer yourself from the dork academy or any other platform, then this blog is for you. Stay tuned and enjoy the blog. Happy Reading….!!!
Key points to observe while choosing your processor:
THE CORE WAR: A simple logic, the more number of physical cores within the processor, the better multi-core operations. By default, the number of cores on the computer are set to one, this is done in order to extend the life of the processor even if one core fails, the tasks automatically switch to the other cores. But, as a dorkian I would suggest you enable the maximum number of cores in your machine to utilize its full potential. Don’t worry about the life of the processor, as the modern manufacturing techniques have advanced dramatically and guarantee several years of longevity without any compromise on the performance.
HYPER-THREADING OR SIMULTANEOUS MULTITHREADING:
Intel advertised the hyper-threading technology on all its 10th generation processors and AMD has their proprietary SMT technology. Although, the operation of both these techniques constantly keep the CPU busy by scheduling processes given to the CPU ahead of its completion. Let me explain with a simple example – Person A eats with one hand at a time. A dorkian eats with two hands at the time. Although both have the same churning area aka mouth, still a Dorkian has a better advantage in managing the time taken to complete the palate soon.
THERMAL DESIGN POWER (TDP):
The TDP of the processor, is the maximum amount of power a processor can draw upon full load. Higher, the TDP better sustained turbo performance. Typical notebook processors have 15W of TDP which can go plus or minus 10W upon load and idle. It is recommended to choose a processor with higher TDP of around 35W-45W if you want a powerful beast. In short, TDP is directly proportional to performance and inversely proportional to battery life.
The cache memory is the most expensive memory available on the market. Typically, a processor equips three different levels of cache memories. L1 cache being the highest closely linked to the CPU followed by L2 and L3 cache. More the L3 cache, faster is the allocation of resources such as RAM and VRAM to much demanding applications. You can check the L3 cache on the performance tab of the task manager of your windows system.
You can imagine the cache memory size as the bulk arms of Arnold or the Rock. The more muscle heavy the arms the more the performance.
THE LAST LETTER OF THE PROCESSOR: If you are a dorkian, then you must have observed a letter at the end of the processor nomenclature. The letter at the end defines a lot about the capability and capacity of the processor. The H series can suitably run all heavy applications, at a slightly higher power consumption compared to the U series running mostly on portable notebooks. If you want to fiddle with the frequency of the processor and explore a lot of hidden potential of the processor, then I would suggest you to go with X series processor which doesn’t void your warranty when overclocked.
TECH SPECS SUPERIOR TO BRAND LOYALTY: If you happen to be a 90s kid, then you are nostalgic to team blue aka Intel. But, as a dorkian I would suggest you all go to the official processor specs page and compare and see the technical specs of the processor and decide the right processor without any personal bias. AMD is raising as a competitive alternative with higher number of cores, lower price and pushing team blue to embarrassment
The maximum memory support capability is a major factor to check if you want to use your system for a longer time. The memory is primarily classified into two types:
A. Physical memory(RAM)- The Random Access Memory or RAM is called the volatile memory which is faster than the secondary memory and slower than the cache memory. You can imagine your RAM at your workspace table, the larger the table, the more the books or utility you can store and use when you want. You can also manually fiddle with the RAM speeds by increasing or decreasing as per your need at your own risk.
B. Secondary memory (ROM)- The Read only memory or ROM is called non-volatile memory which is the slowest memory on your entire system. Nowadays, due to falling prices of SSD and HDD, it would be idle for you to go with a 256GB SSD right alongside a 1TB higher RPM HDD combination for uncompromised speed and storage. You can imagine your ROM as your cupboard or loft where you store items of not immediate use but you still prefer to keep it handy in times of use.