Core Solo, Core Duo, Pentium D, Dual Core...what's the difference?

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I have been seeing all this new terminology lately about core solo processors, core duo processors, dual core processors, etc.  Is there a difference?  For example...a Pentium M chip is a core solo processor, right?  A core duo processor is just a Pentium M Dual core chip.  A Pentium D, is just a Dual Core Pentium 4 chip (basically), right?

When the Pentium D came out, it seemed simple, but then all the laptops started having these solo and duo terms associated with them, and I am not sure I understand it all.  Can anyone make it a bit clearer?

Question by:jbobst
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    You have it basically right - Core Solo (Yonah) is the successor to the Pentium-M line (Banias and Dothan), and Core Duo is the dual core version of it.  Pentium-D is the dual core version of the Pentium 4, though the 900 series is much improved over the 800 series and is more competitive with the Athlon64 dual cores.

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    Thanks Callandor...great ariticles, and you helped clear up the confusion!


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