DID YOU KNOW?
Intel introduced the first-ever microprocessor in 1971? They called it Intel 4004, a 4-bit microprocessor. You may be wondering what "bit" is. The power that a microprocessor is able to give out is being measured in "bits". It refers to the basic unit of code or coded instruction. These codes, expressed in a string of binary are 1s and 0s. The more powerful a microprocessor is, the fast it's able to interpret and perform tasks. The 4004 was soon replaced by the faster 8008 model only a year later. If you'll notice, this 8-bit microprocessor is double the bit count. This would be the case for the next 20. It was until they reached 64-bit microprocessors which we still use to this day.
Today's microprocessors are a fry cry from the ones a few decades ago. They are powerful, efficient, and are able to dissipate heat without issue. Modern CPUs feature more processing units called cores. More cores equate to even better performance. Like with bits, core counts double as they go up. Consumer-grade desktop CPUs feature 8-core designs. They offer the best performance possible right now within thermal constraints. These 8-core processor beasts can chew through any task you throw at them. Some aim for the best productivity performance. While others target gaming to maximize frames per second. No matter what your budget is, you'll find one the will suit your system.