Just as computers need a motherboard in order to operate, motherboards need a CPU. CPU stands for Central Processing Unit that determines the amount data a computer can handle at one time. There are a few things to consider when buying a CPU – the type, the number of cores, the amount of cache, and much more.
Select the type of CPU
Today, CPUs come in a range of options. Here are some of the types that are currently available on the market.
|Desktop CPUs||These are built for desktop computers. Although desktop CPUs almost have the same functionality as CPUs for mobile devices like laptops, they are designed a bit differently to suffice the needs of modern desktop computer users. One advantage of desktop CPUs is that they have higher thermal tolerance. They can also be compatible with overclocking.|
|Mobile Processors||Mobile CPUs or processors are designed for laptops, smartphones, and other mobile devices. Compared to desktop processors, mobile processors are slower and have less power. This is to ensure that the battery life is conserved. Like desktop processors, mobile CPUs have notable features such as Wireless Display Technology (WiDi) that enable the wireless transfer of media files to a television, for instance.|
|Server Processors||These are created for high reliability, undergoing strict testing to ensure quality and performance. They are manufactured under stressful conditions like higher temperatures and high computing loads. Unlike desktop CPUs, a server CPU does not affect the entire computer if it fails. It comes with “failovers” that enables the standby equipment to take over once the main system fails. Moreover, server processors can operate at much higher frequencies, allowing them to process more data.|
Select one with more cores
Multicore processors are the most sought-after variants since they run faster and are more efficient. But keep in mind that for a processor to perform well, the software running alongside it should be able to utilize all of the cores. For instance, if the software can only use two of the eight cores, then six cores are going to be unused. So, to make the most of out of your money, make sure to match the system requirements with core availability.
Choose a larger cache
The cache works similarly to a computer’s memory. It is where a minute amount of fast memory is stored temporarily, allowing the computer to retrieve files very quickly. When choosing a CPU, go for one that has a large cache so that you can store more data.
Choose a CPU with an integrated GPU
Most processors in Hong Kong today are equipped with an integrated graphics processing unit (GPU) which are built to perform graphics-related functions. If your processor isn’t bundled with an integrated GPU, your computer can still show graphics if there is a separate graphics card installed or if the motherboard provides onboard video.