It seems that every time chipmakers improve the clock speed and performance of microprocessors, analysts say those new chips pack more power than the typical user needs. In their view, two- or three-year-old computers can run office productivity applications and can access the Web as rapidly as a user’s Internet connection permits.
For example, IDC analyst Alan Promisel told NewsFactor that even though new processor speeds are crossing the 3 GHz mark, users who run only basic office applications do not need that much processing power. “The low-end [Intel] Celerons are more than sufficient to your basic computing,” he said, adding that 128 MB of RAM, a 10 to 20 GB hard drive, and integrated or shared graphics memory are enough for most home users. (full story)
My spin:I’m glad someone is shouting this from the hill tops…do you need 2.0 ghz…to check email, write a letter, even handle a few digital photos? NO.
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