Picking the Right Microprocessor for Design

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shutterstock_115374190+reducedMicroprocessors are tiny electronic chips that are found inside electronic devices. They contain all the functionalities of a central processing unit, which is responsible for processing the computers instructions. Microprocessors can also perform the instructions in other devices, such as a cell phone or a radio. Nowadays there are many different Microprocessors to pick from. When it comes to design, having the right microprocessors is crucial! Currently, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) dominate the micro-processing industry. Here at Lime Design we have computer systems installed with Intel and AMD processor types. Both companies have introduced many different processors which vary in technology and performance. Regardless of which one you choose to go with, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

When choosing a processor you should always be looking at:

  • Processor clock speed: This measures the computing/execution time of a processor.
  • Levels of cache: Is a high-speed memory that stores temporary files that are required by the processor. This will significantly decrease the computing time by the processor and do its job without stopping.
  • Multi-core processor: Combines two or more processors in a single computer. Multi-core processing enables the processors to share the workload between them and increase the processing speed and performance.
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FX- 8320

We know that a lot of people don’t have the funds to purchase a $300 or $400 processor. After doing some research we concluded the FX- 8320 is the best bang for your buck today. We believe that given the price and specs the FX-8320 is the best microprocessor for someone who doesn’t have a ton of money to spend but still want something that has good rendering capabilities?
  • Price: $120
  • Frequency: 3.5/4.0GHZ (Base/Overdrive)
  • Cache: 8/8MB (L2/L3)
  • Cores: 8

Don’t know where to start? Contact us to find out if a microprocessor is the right fit for your product.

 
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