Am I really using 2 CPUs?

By groovewerx
Sep 19, 2002
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  1. While reading the article about the Tualatin upgrade, I noticed they list the PIII-S as being the only one that supports SMP. I had never heard of a PIII-S. How can I be sure my pair of PIII 1ghz are actually running in SMP under 2000 Pro/XP Pro?
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +257

    Easy - open your task manager - check the perfornance tab - launch pretty much anything and you'll see it balance the load across the two processors. Or you can just check Device Manager and see that it says Multiprocessor PC.

    LNCPapa
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Pentium III supports SMP, just like Pentium II, Tualatin, Xeon, ..
    If you see two graphs of CPU usage in Task Manager, performance tab, then you're using two. Additionally, you can check from Control Panel - System - Device Manager if your computer is identified as "ACPI Multiprocessor PC" or "MPS Multiprocessor PC". If it is then at least it's configured as multiprocessor machine.
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    It seems Papa types faster ;)
  5. groovewerx

    groovewerx Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 31

    thanks guys. that artical had me worried because of the PIII-S designation.

    my pair are running in tandem
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