Our PCs all have different processors with different numbers of cores, different cache sizes, and different architectures. Right now, however, one factor can determine everyday performance more than others: clock speed. With inflated Pentium 4-era speeds now far behind, a look at a modern desktop or notebook CPU's clock speed can provide a decent amount of insight into how it performs in day-to-day desktop tasks (few of which are optimized for multiple cores).
That raises the question—just how fast do TR readers run the processors in their primary PCs? Are you content with a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo from a couple of years back, or do you have a state-of-the-art 45nm Penryn chip you've pushed well over 3GHz? Hit our poll either below or on the next page to cast your vote.
Our previous poll quizzed readers on their favorite netbook. Asus' Eee PC 1000H turned out to be the most popular with 18% of the vote, followed closely by the Acer Aspire One with 14%. That said, the option that got the most votes by far (32%) was, "I'd prefer a bigger, heavier laptop with far less battery life." HP's Mini-Note 2133 came in last with just 5% of picks.
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