Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What is a dual core processor, and what is the difference between dual core and a processor with Hyper Threading Technology?A: A dual core processor contains two separate execution cores, allowing it to execute multiple threads simultaneously.
A processor that does not support Hyper Threading (HT) Technology and is not dual core utilizes time slicing in order to execute multiple threads since it has one processor core. HT Technology adds a virtual core to the processor, increasing the speed in which multiple threads are executed, however since the processor still has only one execution core, the processor still uses time slicing to execute more than one thread.
Dual core processors physically have two execution cores, allowing two threads to be executed simultaneously without using time slicing. Some dual core processors also support HT Technology, allowing each execution core to have a virtual core.