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Why Choose A Core 2 Duo For Your CPU In Your New High End Computer ?
by: Art Fellon

It must have been difficult for Intel to watch AMD's Athlon 64 and then the Athlon 64 X2 and FX pretty much take over the performance PC market, putting the once-untouchable chip giant into a position where its only competitive response was to cut prices. Those were dark days indeed. But now, with the release of the long-awaited codename "Conroe" -- the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors -- Intel looks set to start a new age of desktop domination.

Most onlookers expected Intel to take back the performance crown from AMD, but few anticipated the sheer magnitude of this victory, or the nearly flawless style with which Intel performed it. And the Core 2 Duo is just the first strike in this battle, as Intel is also planning preemptive Pentium D price drops and has revamped its single-core Pentium 4 and Celeron D lines as well.

The Conroe excels in three areas, which add up to the very definition of what a current buyer expects from a top-end desktop CPU. These factors are price, performance, and power requirements, and the 65-nanometer-process Core 2 Duo and Extreme have surpassed their AMD counterparts in each, completing the same type of triple play that AMD had turned on the Pentium 4 and Pentium D.

The question of who's got the best performance is not even up for debate: The 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme X6800 is the fastest desktop processor on the planet, and the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo E6700 is not far behind. Even the next-step-down 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo E6600 is an outstanding desktop performer that can outpace AMD's flagship Athlon 64 FX-62 in most tests.

Power and cooling requirements are also extremely low -- the Core 2 Duo line offers the lowest power draw of any dual-core processor, with the Core 2 Duo Extreme not far off. Prices are also extremely competitive. In fact, it's amazing that for such a competitive price , the Core 2 Duo E6600 can outrun AMD's entire desktop lineup. The lower-end Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 models are even more affordable, although their 2MB instead of 4MB of Level 2 cache mean their relative performance isn't as high.

Intel has accomplished this via a drastic shift away from the Pentium's NetBurst technology. Conroe's next-generation core performs more instructions per clock cycle (IPC), rather than having a longer and potentially less efficient pipeline that can be clocked into the stratosphere. Core 2 processors' 2MB or 4MB of 256-bit L2 cache feature what Intel calls Advancete interviews, movie trailers, old and new TV shows, product advertisements and short films has grown exponentially. The content does vary widely and currently is spread across a large number of niche markets. These niche markets are served by a large number of individual websites. The number of people who visit these websites is huge.

An Opportunity Exists – Bridging the Gap

There exists a tremendous opportunity for bridging the gap between online video content and the TV screen. If you can find old episodes of your favorite TV show or an old sporting event, you are likely going to want to watch it on a large TV screen. The question is how to bridge the PC to TV gap.

Current Bridging the Gap Solutions

This PC to TV convergence has been slowly evolving over the past few years. A quick trip to Best Buy and a conversation with one of their helpful employees reveals there are a few ways to “bridge the gap”. For instance, you can purchase the necessary cable to connect your computer’s VGA output to your TV’s VGA input. There are plenty of websites with directions for the steps you need to follow. Another option is using a PC to TV converter. There are several on the market such as the Manhattan PC to TV Converter, while there are also wireless converters and converters for HDTV.

Get Ready for the Apple Solution

On September 12, 2006 Apple issued a press release and announced its much anticipated new product launch which it referred to as “iTV”. According to Apple’s website, however, iTV is the project’s internal code name and will not be the final product name. “Here we go again! First music, then TV shows, and now movies,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “In less than one year we’ve grown from offering just five TV shows to offering over 220 TV shows, and we hope to do the same with movies. iTunes is selling over one million videos a week, and we hope to match this with movies in less than a year.”

The iTV is a network media box that streams of your iTunes-based media--including music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos directl

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