Dual Processor Motherboards

Written by Charles Peacock
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If you're building a computer to be used in a high-end workstation, server or internet application, you're going to need a system that's as robust as possible. Having dual processors might give you the level of performance you need, in which case you're going to need to look into a motherboard that will support this kind of setup. Luckily, dual processor systems are becoming cheap enough that even standard users may want to look into them.

Are Dual Processors Affordable?

Dual processors have long been the only solution for computers with heavy CPU demands like servers and workstations. In the past, the problem was that these machines were so large and expensive that they were only really suitable for business purposes. In recent years, however, this has begun to change.

A quick look at processor and motherboard pricing shows that using dual processors can actually be cost effective. A Pentium 4 Extreme 3.2 GHz processor, for instance, will cost you more than two 2.8 GHz Xeon processors. With affordable (and regular sized) dual processor motherboards now readily available, the time has finally come when you can fit two processors into your home PC.

Why would you need dual processors? If you're into CPU-heavy tasks like video and audio rendering, two processors can more than literally cut your work time in half. Keep in mind that only certain software programs are designed to fully utilize dual processor setups, however, so getting two processors just for the sake of getting two processors would probably be an act in (expensive) redundancy.

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