All the computer ads I am seeing tout the processor name and states this is a fast machine. Even the classic P4 is called a fast processor/machine.
I do not know how the different models of processors compare with each other. Which one is faster. Which one is better for the applications.
I want to know that this machine's processor is faster/slower to the other company's processor. Since I do not know how each processor is related
to each other by speed/throughput, I cannot tell which processor number/label is faster than the other. I see Core 2, Dual Core, i5, i7, Dual Core T3200
and the list goes on. I want to know if this machine is faster than that one, or is the third one faster than the other two. I want to buy the most powerful computer for the funds I have available. I cannot rely on an advertisement from a company that calls a P4 2.0 gig processor [single core] really fast, and their dual core 2 gig processor labeled "fast", not really fast. I want to compare them with some chart or graph showing that if all things else were "equal", this processor would be 20% faster than the other one of the third is double the computing power than the other two.
I bought a laptop that was dual core, to replace a single core one with the same 2.0 processor "speed". I was doing DVD authoring with the old single core laptop. After I bought the dual core laptop I was told by the company that their dual core laptop could not handle the DVD authoring, even though it had two cores to the one's single core and had a larger cache vers. the old single core. The company was insistant that this dual core could not do the work since they claimed it was an entry level processor. A dual core processor, same 2 gig "speed" and a larger cache, was not able to do what the single core, less size cache, same "speed" processor could do. That statement from the company's tech support people made me wonder how to tell anymore what it the faster and more productive processors and which are the slower ones.
So is there a generic chart? Something like those I see for comparing video card GPU number crunching abilities?
I want to get the best processor for my bucks.