Originally posted by drewjustforyou
im going to not pay any attention to processor speed anymore, but how many stages each pipeline takes
Well, the number of stages in the pipeline is not a good indicator of performance, either. Here's my advice on comparing CPUs.
1) In general, when comparing CPUs there's nothing better than looking at benchmarks. Here
's a big chart of CPU performance. If you want to see if that Athlon X2 5000+ outperforms a Conroe E6600, that's a place to start. You could also Google the processor model you're interested in and see if you can find a tech review about it. They'll usually compare the processor to similar CPUs.
2) You can
generally use clock speed (the Ghz) to compare processors, as long as they're in the same family (same brand, of course). For instance a Core 2 Duo at 2.4Ghz is better than a Core 2 Duo at 1.8Ghz.