Originally posted by Boldwyn
TheOneKEA: you're right about SMP kernel and HT, like I said - I wasn't sure. However I don't agree with your kernel opinion. Distribution-supplied kernels are compiled for a broad range of configurations and have no CPU-specific optimization. If you compile the kernel yourself, you can tweak it to your hardware, compile it for the specific architecture and reduce its size - which results in faster work.
Thats not true for SuSE which installs a Athlon/Intel optimized kernel, I have k_Athlon kernel as it picks up your CPU architecture when you install suse.