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I'm planing to buy a new notebook to do some animation with Adobe Flash CS 6 on it. Adobe claims a Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor is required to run the program. I don't know much about processors - would a Intel Pentium 987 also work?

  • Any processor that exceeds the capabilities of a Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 processor will indeed work. You should compare your processors capabilities to the Pentium 4 capabilities to determine if your processor exceeds the requirements ( it does ). The following Pentium 4 technically meets the requirements if the support article is to be believed. – Ramhound Feb 2 '15 at 12:17
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Intel Pentium 987 performs better and much more efficient in terms of power consumption and performance (IPC: Instructions Per Clock/Cycle) than any CPU from the Pentium 4 family, so it exceeds the requirements.

Pentium 987 is based on a relatively newer CPU architecture called SandyBridge, while Pentium 4 is based on a 9-year old architecture called CedarMill (Latest architecture in the Pentium 4 family). Here is a detailed comparison between both processors.

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