How many cores power your primary machine?


How many cores power your PRIMARY machine?

  1. 1 core

    5 vote(s)
  2. 2 core

    41 vote(s)
  3. 3 core

    7 vote(s)
  4. 4 core

    117 vote(s)
  5. 6 core

    23 vote(s)
  6. 8 core

    26 vote(s)
  7. 12 core

    8 vote(s)
By LNCPapa ยท 106 replies
Sep 26, 2011
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  1. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Primary rig:
    Phenom 955 quad core @3.8GHz 1.375V.Awesome little workhorse :D

    Previous primary rig:
    Athlon 4400+ dual core 2.3GHz.
  2. TechGamer

    TechGamer TS Guru Posts: 370   +40

    unfortunately i only have 1 core
  3. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    Just upgraded my Core2Duo Q9550 to Core i5 3570.
  4. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    6 core 1055t here
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    4 core i5-3570K
  6. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    4 (AMD Athlon II x4)
  7. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Main: Phenom 955 @3.8GHz/1.375V
    2nd: Athlon 4400+ 2.3GHz/1.3V Brisbane 65W
    Really old computer I found in my loft: Athlon 2400+ 2GHz/1.65V
  8. milespower

    milespower TS Member Posts: 33

    Main (soon): Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.86 Ghz
    2nd (current main): Celeron D 346 @ 3.06 Ghz
    3rd: Athlon (original) @ 1.33 Ghz
  9. phillipnolan

    phillipnolan TS Member

    Both 4 core

    Main PC - i5-2500
    Video Processing: i7-930
  10. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TS Booster Posts: 128   +19

    right now im using 2 cores, but soon upgrading to 4 cores with i7-2600K :D
  11. milespower

    milespower TS Member Posts: 33

    Edit: Main: Pentium D 945 @ 3.46 Ghz (Dual Core)
    2nd: Pentium III 866EB @ 866 Mhz

    the celeron was given to my parents...
  12. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 47   +7

    6 Core - 3930k
    4 core - X4 840
  13. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I've been primarily using quad cores for about 5 or so years now... but I have built a couple 6-core machines.
  14. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I don't know if it's allowed, but as some may know I'm within days of building myself my dream system, which will operate on a AMD FX-8120 8 Core chip! So in anticipation of that build, I voted 8 core!

    But on what I've always felt to be my backup computer, my Toshiba X-205 runs a Intel Core 2 Duo T2800 @ 2.8G's, overclocked to 3.0G's!
  15. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    sad to say that I originally voted for Quad Core but now my motherboard is totally f:ed so now I only have a then when I get a new one it will be an 8-core Intel i7 :)
  16. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    It isn't even 8-cores. Check the architecture.

  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,276   +461

    How is the 8120 not 8-core? I also don't think you can get a consumer level 8-core intel chip. I'm fairly certain you have to move up to Xeon E7 series chips to get 8 cores.
  18. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    In regards to the AMD FX-8120 chip. I'm not the one who has to check anything! I had plenty of help selecting that chip in another topic area of this forum!

    If that chip was truly not an 8 core processor, I think someone would have mentioned that before I picked it and spent the $2400.00 on the whole damn thing!

    Also in regards to the chips "architecture", the following image on a processor vs. processor web site was just about all I needed...


    I don't think their lying here, both the FX-8120 and the FX-8150 are both certified 8 core processors!
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Close. Xeon E5 (Sandy Bridge-EN/-EP) are 8 cores active. The same die as Sandy Bridge-E (X79) which are technically 8-core but have 2 (or 4) cores fused off along with some of the L3 ( 20MB for full-fat E5, 10-15MB for Sandy-E) and one of the QPI interconnects.
    E5's are qualified on some consumer X79 boards, but I don't think they'd represent anything more than a miniscule percentage of users. With two QPI's each and all those extra PCI-E 3.0 lanes, you may as well use them to their full potential
    Actually four two-core modules- technically eight cores, but since each module shares instruction scheduling/resources between its two cores, it isn't much different from the 4 cores+4 threads (Simultaneous Multithreading- SMT) that Intel employs - which is why Intel's 4-cores+HT trump AMD's 8-core (that and Bulldozers horrendous L2 cache latency) in the majority of situations.
    [Overview of CMT's effectiveness or otherwise]
  20. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Pity you can't change your vote. I myself am upgrading from a 2 core to a 4 core in a few week.
  21. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    Well good for Intel, I'm happy that in most situations they rule the CPU universe! But there again, I've never been known by the people who know me to be any sort of Intel fanboy! I started out building a system for myself long, long ago with an old AMD Duron processor and was so pleased with it, I have never looked back, nor ever looked at Intel processors for my own personal use. But I'm not down talking Intel at all, their a fine company, industry leader and all that yada yada yada stuff!
  22. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,276   +461

    You're right DBZ - had to look it up since I couldn't remember but the E5 4620, 4640, and 4650 all have 8 cores. $1600 for just the CPU seems out of consumer range.
  23. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    True enough, but like any tech - it falls in price too quickly, and consumer can be a rather nebulous epithet....EVGA SR-2 and SR-X (both "consumer"/"non-enterprise" boards) uptake seems remarkable given the pausity of cheap CPU's with dual-QPI
    EVGA SR-2 + two six-core E5645 (12 core/ 24 threads) for the same money might represent better thread/$ value - though I'm pretty sure a single E5 would destroy it in benchmarks.
  24. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    At home I run a C2D E8400 CPU. Work I have a Athlon 64 x2 4200+. Both are dual core.
  25. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Most people have no need for a quad core, let alone a 6 or 8-core CPU.

    Only workstations and servers need moar cores.
    Scodd likes this.

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