How Does Processor Speed Affect Surfing the Internet?

By Contributing Writer

Processor speed, memory, and the browser's cache all contribute to the overall speed with which your computer surfs the Internet. Reloading Web pages that you've already visited is made faster by reloading page elements, which have been stored in the browser's cache/ temporary Internet Files folder (the reloading of Web pages is slower if you clear your Temporary Files from deleted history). RAM aids the processor in Web surfing speed by supplying a place to hold and retrieve data quickly, toggle between multiple open applications, stream audio/ video, text message, and read emails. When a program stops responding, upgrade the RAM. The processor's job is to manage all of the computer's operations, including RAM, Internet history, calculation, and other computation tasks.

Overview

Processor speed, memory, and the browser's cache all contribute to the overall speed with which your computer surfs the Internet. Reloading Web pages that you've already visited is made faster by reloading page elements, which have been stored in the browser's cache/ temporary Internet Files folder (the reloading of Web pages is slower if you clear your Temporary Files from deleted history). RAM aids the processor in Web surfing speed by supplying a place to hold and retrieve data quickly, toggle between multiple open applications, stream audio/ video, text message, and read emails. When a program stops responding, upgrade the RAM. The processor's job is to manage all of the computer's operations, including RAM, Internet history, calculation, and other computation tasks.

Accurate Processor Speed

Most computer users check the wrong processor speed by clicking on the Control Panel, and then viewing the General tab under Performance and Maintenance. This speed is known as the current processor speed, and it does not indicate the maximum speed of the processor. To assess an accurate speed for your computer's processor you must view the system information on your computer. Click on the Start menu. Mouse over All Programs> Accessories> System Tools. Click on System Information. When the System Information window opens, locate the Processor summary section. The processor speed is indicated in Mhz (mega hertz). The average computer should be running at 500 Mhz or higher. If your computer is running a processor below average speed, upgrade to a Pentium 2 or 3 processor. Alternatively, purchase a computer with a dual or quad processor---multiple processor. Multiple processors do not run as fast as a single processor, but they can handle more multitasking. This frees up space on your computer for browsing the Internet, reading emails, text messaging, and running other applications on your computer simultaneously.

Components

Processors have two components. The arithmetic logic unit is the processor's calculating component (calculations, speed indication, time and date). The component which harmonizes the operations in a computer is the control unit. The control unit interprets commands or requests from programs on the computer and programs on the Internet. The response time of the processor (processor speed) affects how quickly a program is able to download a file, video, or application from another computer on the Internet. Response time involves four processes that must be carried out by the collaboration between the processor's two components. The control unit acquires instructions from the processor's memory chip. These instructions are translated by the control unit into commands, which are then saved to the computer's register. The arithmetic logic unit performs either a calculation or a relevant assessment of the data. The results of the action performed by the instructions are recorded in the processor memory (such as what files were downloaded successfully, or any failure to install a program). The speed at which the processor is working determines how fast these processes are carried out. Likewise, multiple processor computers can perform multitasking and continue surfing the web.