teach-ict.com logo

THE education site for computer science and ICT

2. Faster CPU

CPUs from the same 'family', produced by the same manufacturer, can sometimes be swapped out for greater performance.

Designing and producing new CPUs is very expensive and needs tremendous amounts of specialised knowledge and equipment. So much so that there are only a handful of companies in the world today who are actively producing CPUs.

Because production is so specialised, CPUs are not interchangable. Instead, each company produces a 'family' of CPUs tailored to different price points. The better the performance, the more expensive the processor. See the chart below:

processor cost\performance

To improve performance it may be possible to just drop in a higher performing CPU into the motherboard, so long as that CPU is from the same 'family'.


Challenge see if you can find out one extra fact on this topic that we haven't already told you Click on this link: Intel Core processors