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. LNCPapa

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

    These are your personal home machines? If so then color me impressed.
  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    HT cores don't count suckas! I got a 930 still so my count is 4.
  3. amdpwr

    amdpwr TS Rookie

    My primary and backup computer both run amd 8350. primary has 24gb ddr3 sec has 16gb ddr3
  4. wizardB

    wizardB TS Booster Posts: 121   +23

    AMD 8350 @5100gHZ and yes 8 cores do make a difference :)
  5. i7-2600K so 4 core, 4 hyperthreaded cores (whatever that really means)
    Best upgrade I ever made, Intel Core 2Duo @ 3 GHz to the i7-2600. Of course that also moved me from DDR2-8500 (1066MHz) to DDR3-12800 (1600MHz) so I'm not sure what made the difference, but it was like night and day. Impressed me more than adding an SSD
  6. LNCPapa

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

    The processor made most of that difference. You won't notice the speed bump from faster RAM.
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  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Still 2 for me :/
  8. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    Finally new rig, this means that I have 4 "legit" cores instead of 2 cores which are dealt to 4 threads...and in addition to that the new CPU is pretty nice to OC.
    Old: Phenom II 555
    New: FX-4300
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    1, 2, 4 cores - I've notice that some faster 2 cores are better than some 4 cores. 4 cores next gen are not as fast as prior 4 cores.
  10. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    true, even tho when you use virtualbox n stuff like that u can feel the difference between 2 and 4 cores
  11. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    Years ago I upgraded from Q6600 quad to a E8400 dual. Single threaded performance is still the most important thing for most tasks. The Q6600 was really only good to 3.0 GHz, the E8400 was 4.0 GHz stable 24/7.

    I just did a LGA 771 to LGA 775 mod to a Xeon E5450 quad ($39+6 for the mod tape.) I had it clocked to 4.25 GHz with 1.4v. It scores close to a i5 4430 in the few benchmarks I've ran. I think I'll run it at 4 GHz and put off upgrading mobo, RAM and CPU yet another year. I'll get a new video card when prices come back to normal.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    I always find it funny how people can rationalize not needing an upgrade, if their over-clock will match a specific factory-clock CPU. The rationalization should be by how well the CPU performance suits your needs, not by some benchmark.
  13. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    Whatever. It works better and I'm happy. The benchmarks just show to get a real upgrade I need a 4670K. That is useful infromation.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    No! Anything that uses less power at the same performance level or performs better at the same power level, is an upgrade. The only question is whether you can rationalize the expense needed for the upgrade. Don't get me wrong I know where you are coming from, but you can't compare an overclocked CPU with a non overclock CPU and say it is not an upgrade.

    What you are doing is saying a CPU based on 22nm fabrication process is not an upgrade, to a CPU based on 45nm and 65nm fabrication processes. Benchmark values are not the only values compared in reviews between CPU's. If you are happy with LGA775, I'm happy for you. But please stop and don't even attempt to make a statement, that Haswell would not be an upgrade.

    Lets not even mention the architectural advances between different generations.
  15. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    I pay less than 8 cent's a KWh here. TDP is not that important to my power bill. I've had this mobo and HSF for seven years now. The real upgrade is going to be SATA 6 GB/s, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0 and 8+ GB DDR3 (or four) when I do finally upgrade. Right now all I need is a new video card.

    I did make my son a 4670k rig in December. I want one too (wish I could get another $130 7870.) But I can hold off for something better next year. He had my Q6600 rig and it was failing with caps bulging, fans dying, even blue screens. My rig has fared better even OCed near max..

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  16. TerryInWales

    TerryInWales TS Rookie

    12 cores 24 threads. 2x Xeon L5639 overclocked to 3GHz on an EVGA-SR2. Can definitely recommend if using stuff like handbrake or using virtual machines. 2nd machine is a Xeon W3580, overclocked to 4.0GHz. Both machines seem to benchmark about the same. The difference is when using something like video encoders (that support multicore) or multiple VMs. Doesn't seem to make much difference on games.
  17. univers4l

    univers4l TS Rookie

    8 with the FX-8350, although I might be soon changing to 4!
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Man, I would love to see that with a RAID setup and batch transcoding audio with dBpoweramp. It does 1 song per core.
  19. TerryInWales

    TerryInWales TS Rookie

    It has got RAID, an LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i. So, 2 onboard Mavell 6GB (rubbish), 6 onboard 3GB, and 8x 6GB via the MegaRaid (boots from 250GB SSD on this, much faster than the Marvell), so it supports 16 drives in total. I also installed optical in and out on the onboard SPDIF and a PCIe 1394 (firewire) card for use with directors cut. I use 3 monitors on it with an XFX 6870. The sound output is via my Yamaha natural sound AV amp DSP-A5.
    Yes it's a cool rig. I store all my multimedia on it.
    It's running Windows 7 at the moment. I built this because at some time in the future I intend to learn about Server 2012r2 and use it for backups and running multiple VMs.
  20. Landti Victro

    Landti Victro TS Rookie

    I am using 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz) with 3 MB shared L3 cache and my laptop is
    Apple MacBook Pro ME864LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display
  21. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 134   +21

    Currently using Intel core 2 duo E8400, building a haswell E 4690k.
  22. vladv

    vladv TS Rookie

    Currently using Intel core 2 Quad Q6600 + DFI DK X38-T2R mobo.
  23. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    I originally voted on 4 cores but I recently upgraded from AMD to Intel so now my vote should be 8 cores...can't change the vote tho...
  24. LNCPapa

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

    If your current profile is correct that is still a 4 core processor - it just has hyperthreading which allows it to run 8 threads.
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  25. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 174   +68

    I was thinking the same thing. haha.

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