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What is the difference between a dual core processor and a core 2 duo processor ?

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Dual Core Processor

AMD x86-64, Dual Core 64bit microprocessor
Dual Core Processor
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A photograph of a (used) dual core 64 bit microprocessor from AMD.

The image is resized from the original 14 bit RAW image, so unaffected by JPEG conversion in editing.

Nikon D700, 50mm prime lens set at F8 and ISO 1000, 1/30s.

What is the difference between a dual core processor and a core 2 duo processor ?

I know that core 2 duo’s are better and cost more but what makes them different from a dual core processor ?

Dual Core Processor best answer:

Answer by gtopala
The Core 2 Duo is a Dual Core Processor with a better architecture.

PowerMac G5 2Ghz Dual Core
Dual Core Processor
Image by Tom Carmony
2.5GB RAM, 2x 1TB HDD (2 TB Total) – Model No. M9590LL/A.

The Power Macintosh G5 Dual Core (2.0) is powered by a single dual core 2.0 GHz PowerPC 970MP (G5) processor with dual optimized AltiVec Velocity Engine vector processing units (one per core), four double-precision FPUs (two per core), 1 MB of on-chip level 2 cache on each core, and a 1.0 GHz frontside system bus. This G5 includes 2.5 GB of 533 MHz PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM, dual 1 TB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drives, a 16X dual-layer SuperDrive and a NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE video card with 128 MB of GDDR SDRAM.

PowerMac G5 2Ghz Dual Core
Dual Core Processor
Image by Tom Carmony
2.5GB RAM, 2x 1TB HDD (2 TB Total) – Model No. M9590LL/A.

The Power Macintosh G5 Dual Core (2.0) is powered by a single dual core 2.0 GHz PowerPC 970MP (G5) processor with dual optimized AltiVec Velocity Engine vector processing units (one per core), four double-precision FPUs (two per core), 1 MB of on-chip level 2 cache on each core, and a 1.0 GHz frontside system bus. This G5 includes 2.5 GB of 533 MHz PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM, dual 1 TB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA hard drives, a 16X dual-layer SuperDrive and a NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE video card with 128 MB of GDDR SDRAM.

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