Dual CPU Motherboard

A computer, or PC, consists of several pieces of hardware, each operating simultaneously and in synch with the next. The main parts of a PC are:

  • CPU
  • Memory (Primary and Secondary)
  • HDD
  • ROM
  • Monitor
  • USB
  • Flash Drives

The most important pieces of a PC are in the core of the unit, but consist of a motherboard, CPU, RAM, and video card. Many these days have built in audio and video, although the more premium systems will not do this because it limits the potential of the system.

There are 5 or 6 motherboard manufacturers that are known as the most reliable, many of which originate in Japan or other parts of Asia.

As motherboards evolve, so must other pieces of technology. This ensures that the entire system can evolve together, as opposed to one piece becoming a bottleneck, which is the case of a single CPU system.

Traditional computers used only a single CPU, or central processing unit. The CPU is the brain of the operation, and is the most important and expensive portion of a computer. The CPU receives info from the user and then passes it to the memory, through the circuit boards of the motherboard, and to the peripherals for further processing. Just think of the CPU as the brain and the motherboard as the nerve system. Now, just imagine having 2 brains in your body…that’s what these systems do.

Prior to the past 2-3 years, dual CPU motherboards were unheard of, but as technology has improved and greater strides have been made in the size and cost of peripherals and circuit boards, dual CPU’s have not only become a reality, but a past-reality.

Where single CPU systems were good, dual CPU motherboards allow you to process twice as much information and at much greater speeds. There is no bottleneck, at least not as much as there used to be, and systems can process information in fractions of the time they used to.

Dual CPU motherboards use, you guessed it, two CPUs, such as Intel or AMD chips, and use them in coordination for complex tasks.

Just as the process of adding more RAM to a system allows it to speed up incrementally when processing data, doubling the CPU power speeds up the processing of the entire system, from the memory, to the bus, to the video, and more.

What’s interesting about these systems though is that the minute they arrive on the marketplace, they completely replaced single CPU systems. Prices are inexpensive for these because now, quad-core systems have become commonplace.

It won’t be long until we see motherboards with 6-10 CPU’s, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see these systems become obsolete all together and replaced with a new “smart chip,” that turns a motherboard into a series of CPU’s and data processing centers.

If you’re looking to build a fast PC for a low price, then Dual CPU motherboards are the way to go. They aren’t as expensive as quad CPU systems, but they are much, much faster than your average single CPU system.

In fact, you’d probably have a hard time finding a single CPU system these days unless you are buying used hardware.

The thing to be careful of when buying these systems is to make sure that all of the associated peripherals and devices are compliant. You’ll need a special kind of CPU and RAM, as well as case and housing.

Overall though, you’ll be glad you made the switch, and I think you’ll find that we’ve come a long way since the original 286/386/486 Intel systems.

This Dual CPU Motherboard Review is Written/Updated on May 25th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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