When it comes to computer components, the processor is perhaps one of the least understood elements of a personal computer. Many of us are amazed at the latest processor technology and wonder how much computer manufacturers are able to bring the latest processors to the market at such low costs for most consumers. Processors are, of course, an important part of any computer system – but have you ever noticed how many of the newest computers with state of the art processors don’t seem to work any more efficiently than some older models?
Low Cost with New Processor Technology
There is a reason for the low cost with which manufacturers are able to bring new processor technology to market, and that reason also explains why faster processors don’t always translate into faster computer systems. The fact is that many companies produce some of their new computers with old computer components – such as the motherboard – and the latest processors. The problem with that is that the processor is only able to operate at the highest speed the motherboard’s bus speed will support. The processor can only process as much data as the bus’s speed will permit – which is why so much processor capacity is wasted in many of the newer computers.