Should I care about Ghz vs number of core when looking for a CPU upgrade?

by William Weifenbach   Last Updated July 15, 2018 00:01 AM

I want to upgrade the CPU of an old computer I have. I’ve looked in the motherboard manual to see wich CPU are compatible with it. Since there’s is a few options I’ve looked the benchmark of some of them on the passmark website. The current CPU installed in the computer is a 3.0 Ghz dual core and has an average CPU mark of 2154.

I’ve looked 2 options for the upgrade:

  • 2.5Ghz quad core with an average benchmark of 3163 (CPU released in Q4 2008)

  • 2.66Ghz quad core with an average benchmark of 3176 (CPU released in Q4 2009)

Of course the second option seems better than the first one, but I’m still worrying about the Ghz, since the current CPU installed in the computer is 3.0Ghz and these 2 options have lower Ghz than the current installed one,but more core.

I want to have higher computer performance, so should worry about the lower Ghz, or it doesnt matter since they both have more cores?

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