220-901 A+ Answer CPU Characteristics

Here’s the Answer to the Question posted on Facebook

Q. Lisa is shopping for a computer. She will be using it primary to run a single-threaded application and is most interested in the computer’s speed. When evaluating CPU characteristics for the computer, which of the following is MOST important?

A. Cores

B. Virtualization

C. Hyperthreading

D. Speed

Answer available until November 28, 2016.


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Answer: D is correct.  The clock speed is most important if running a single-threaded application as quickly as possible is the primary consideration.

A is incorrect. The number of cores is useful if multiple applications or multiple-threaded applications will be run on the machine. The different cores can process multiple threads simultaneously.

B is incorrect. Virtualization support is only needed if the computer will be used to run virtualization applications, such as Microsoft’s Hyper-V based applications.

C is incorrect. Hyperthreading is a technology used by some Intel processors to run multiple threads at the same time.

Objective: 1.6 Install various types of CPUs and apply the appropriate cooling methods.

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