Since the era of mainframe computers and desktop pc, technology on processors has continually changed to address the new needs in the technology world. With the current mobile computing flooding the market, the innovation in the processor has become a force to develop. Initial processors were slow thus their performance slow. However, evolution has occurred in the CPU innovation to new processors with high speed and performance (Crow, 2004).
There are different types of processors. The two primary manufacturers of computer processors are Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which leads the market in terms of quality and speed. Desktop CPUs include Celeron, Core, and Pentium. AMD processors include Sempron, Phenom, and Athlon. The exercise of understanding the different types of processors has given me the knowledge to be able to choose the best processors based on the speed and quality.
An L cache is the fast memory that the processor can contact as fast as possible. This type of memory in cache is on the same category as that used in the processor, but much expensive than that of RAM. Cache speed is considerably faster than the speed of RAM and with it is information that the system can easily access. The size and speed of the ram does not directly have an impact on the performance of a processor. However, depending on the RAM memory, it is possible to run many programs at the same time without the computer hanging.
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