Originally Posted by patches
you are right, but I thought that sense it had 4.3ghz that meant it was faster
it can be confusing but there are many factors to how 'fast' a cpu is.
there are the number of cores; consider it the number of arms. a dual core machine has 2 arms, a quad core ... has 2 arms and 2 legs working. some newer chips look a bit like vishnu.
then theres hyper threading, that's like having an opposable thumb on the hands and can sort of get twice as much done as a single arm in some situations.
then there is the architecture. this is the size of the muscles and where a lot of people get confused. older chips are the pipe cleaners. pentium 4's are that tiny guy at the gym with the pipe cleaner arms that is doing hundreds of pushups ... girl pushups. newer architecture makes the core stronger while still having the same number of arms as that little guy. the little guy might do just as many or even twice as many pushups as these big guys, but the big guys are doing more work. they are moving more weight around. the number of pushups in a minute is the Ghz, but the architecture makes the chip look like duke nukem or schwarzenegger before he got fat.