Thinking about upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, I discovered that although my computer hardware was capable of supporting virtualization, the BIOS didn’t. In the BIOS, it said virtualization was enabled but when I ran Microsoft’s software gizmo to check, virtualization was not enabled. (Virtualization is required to run xp mode)
This was a bit of a pain to say the least considering I was running a dual core Athlon on a 940 Socket but it did get me interested in checking out what other hardware was available.
My, have I been snoozing when it comes to processors! I was aware of the latest generation of quad-core chips but I had no idea we were now onto hex-cores (sometimes called hexa-core). Cool.
It turns out both Intel and AMD produce hex core processors. Being a bit of an Athlon fanboy my preference was of course, the latest generation Thuban AMD Phenom II X6 range, specifically, the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T.
I did look at the AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition 1090T 3.2GHz but it was quite a bit more expensive than the 1055T and unless you are a gamer requiring absolute top-of-the-range performance, the 1055T will do a more than adequate job. It does have 6 processors after all and it automatically runs on ‘Turbo mode.’ Basically, what that means is it automatically overclocks itself as required giving an effective running speed of upto 3.3GHz.
Looks like I’m going to be getting myself a new computer!