[nflug] Hardware questions

David J. Andruczyk djandruczyk at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 27 19:56:36 EDT 2006

> > 1) A dual-core processor is seen under Linux as two physical 
> > ones, correct?
> Correct. They are logically two separate processors on the same die
> which
> may share some internal electronics.
> > 2) Hyper-threading only works in Window$, correct?

Hyperthreaded cpus show up as two cpu's in linux.  The Linux scheduler
is smart enough to know the difference between dual independant cores
and a hyperthreaded single core. so it can make more effective use of
it than windows can.

> > 3) is there any difference between these two video cards? 
> > Dell sees it 
> > as a $281 difference. I am not much of a gamer these days, and I
> just 
> > want something decent.
> > 
> > 128MB PCIe x16 ATI FireGL V3100, Dual Monitor VGA or DVI/VGA
> Capable
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 128MB PCIe x16 nVidia Quadro FX 1400, Dual Monitor DVI or VGA
> Capable
> > 

Nvidia has far better support under linux than ATI does currently,
albeit the driver is closed source, at least nvidia is somewhat
responsive to the community compared to the "cold shoulder" of ATI many
have reported.

-- David J. Andruczyk

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