What is better for visual studio build ? Dual Core CPU with HT and 3.0 ghz per core or quad core CPU with HT and 2.4 ghz per core ? Thank you. I consider buying a new laptop for development but I can not decide what cpu. I would like to know if its better high frequency or number of cores. SSD is certainty.
Over at Anadtech Bench you can find build times for building the Chromium project in Visual Studio 2010 with a bunch of different CPUs.
Drawing any overall conclusions is quite hard. It looks like build times scale well with core count, base clock speed, turbo speed, and architecture. At least up until around 15 min. After that it may be that the bottleneck moves somewhere else.