How to Choose a Laptop Processor

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When choosing a laptop processor, consider how the laptop will be used, compare dual core and quad core processors, and determine the desired processor speed. Choose a laptop based on its processor with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi. My name's Dave Andrews. And I'm going to tell you a little bit about how to choose a laptop processor. Now when you're in the store and you see a bunch of laptops put out on a table, you're going to kind of wonder what the differences are, other than size, between all of these laptops. Now, if you look real closely at them, they'll have spec's. And the two spec's that you need to look at most for a laptop are the processor speed, which is going to be a number that has, you know like, 2.0 GHz, which is gigahertz. That basically is a description of how fast that laptop processor can execute operations. The higher that number, the better. But in the form of a laptop, also, the higher that number, the hotter the laptop's going to run. So that's got to be a consideration that you have to take when purchasing one for a laptop. Memory is also a big deal. But since we're talking about laptop processors, there's several different types you can get. They have dual core processors, which basically means that every single processor you buy actually has two processing operations that it can at a single time, instead of just one. They even go up to quad core now, which means it has four. Also, they have 64-bit processors. Now, a 64-bit processor means that it can process larger numbers than a 32-bit number processor could, which might not sound like a lot, but that basically means that all the software that runs on your 64-bit processor has to take that into consideration and be compatible. 64-bit software is not going to be compatible on a 32-bit processor, and basically vice-versa. Some 32-bit programs might work on 64, but it doesn't work the other way around. So when you're buying a 64-bit laptop, that's one thing that you need to consider. Now that's the next logical step up from 32-bit, but some software manufacturers don't yet support the 64-bit models. So my name's Dave Andrews, and I've just told you a little bit about purchasing laptop processors.

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