Weekend Open Forum: How many cores power your PC?

By Jos ยท 98 replies
Apr 30, 2010
  1. We asked you this very same question over a year and a half ago. Back then, dual core processors were already quite common and quad core parts were coming down in price to more affordable levels -- you could get one from either Intel or AMD for around $235-265. Then a few months later, on November 2008, Intel secured its dominant market position by launching the Nehalem line-up that has been sitting comfortably atop the performance charts ever since.

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  2. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Still running Quad Cores here :D On my trusty Q6600 at 3.30.

    Wanting to upgrade to a i7 930 though.
  3. Core 2 Duo E8400@3.8GHz still does everything for me.
  4. GonchuB

    GonchuB TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Pentium D 3.0Ghz
    =( laaaaaaaaaameeeeeeee
  5. thatguyandrew92

    thatguyandrew92 TS Rookie Posts: 118

    My Q6600 at 3GHz is working just fine and I LOVVVEEE it!
  6. Still running my trusty Athlon X2 5200+, but planning to upgrade sometime in the future.
  7. lmanlo

    lmanlo TS Rookie

    AMD X3 450 2.7GHZ That's the latest one I have on a desktop. The rest are Core 2 Duo, Centrino Duo and Pentium M on laptops, Pentium Dual-Core and Pentium M on Desktop. Wanted to get a quad core but that was the cheapest one with a good motherboard that I could have gotten. But I should be able to get a quad later on if I need one.
  8. myrmidonks

    myrmidonks TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Core i7-920-stock, Core 2 Duo E8400-stock
  9. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    I'm running on an athlon xp 2800 plus. Pretty old I still have ide hard drives and disk drives followed by an agp 8x nvidia graphics card. Single core here. And yes I believe more cores will be necessary considering 3d is soon to appear on computers. Also windows is obviously on track with making their windows experience as graphic intensive as possible hopefully without another windows vista release. Let's hope these processors stay affordable though I used to pay around 400 to build a pc but now I'm building one and its costing me a pretty penny. I love my agp old *** system specs.
  10. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Just two, can't find a valid reason to upgrade at the moment. C2D 6850 @ 3.0Ghz
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    im running an intel e7400 at 3.8Ghz but i would love to own and i7 system either it be the i7 860 or the i7 930 either would be great also i have been looking at the new 6 core amd cpus :)
  12. Honestly, I am very multicore.

    At work, I use a 56 core beowulf cluster made out of 14 quad core boxes. This does work on MCNP, a code base used to do radiation shielding simulation and nuclear reactor analysis.

    At home, I have a 16 core Opteron workstation with 32GB of ram. This machine does a lot of different work including things that require too much communication for a beowulf cluster to perform, my wife does statistical modeling a lot with it, and when we aren't using it we volunteer it to BOINC.

    As for the six core, I am in the process of upgrading to one for the central server of my cluster. The best thing about that cluster is that I have a semiannual budget for it and when I come under, I spend the difference on the best current machine and put the old machine as an additional cluster node.

    When you do the work my wife and I do, we are always looking for more cores and better communication layers. But it has to be cost competitive. A $1000 six core doesn't make sense when you can buy 2 entire quad core computers for that price and link them to get the job done.
  13. I have an AMD Athlon 6400+ (dual core) in one running Win XP MediaCenter. And a
    Phenom X4 9950 (quad core) in the other with Win7 professional 64bit in the other wich is
    my gaming rig
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    2 cores on my main PC.
    1 core on my laptop (PowerPC G4 even)
    2 cores on my media PC
    1 core on my netbook

    Most of my time is still spent on 1 core machines.
  15. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Dual core.
    Looking to jump up to 6 when they are standard issue.
  16. dividebyzero

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

    Quad x 2 (Core i7 950...mostly stock+turbo, C2Q 9400 3.33-3.6GHz...mostly)
    Single core P4 (Skt 478) for troubleshooting customers PC's.

    Yes....provided you use the software that takes advantage of multithreaded CPU's, although parallel computing in the main is limited at present.
    No....I don't see a need in the short term to personally upgrade to a six-core CPU. Until a new architecture offers a tangible performance increase over what I already run (P4 excepted) I'll stay pat.
  17. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Four over here. Upgraded to the i5-750 last October -- a nice boost from the Pentium D 820.
  18. im useing AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition unlocked to quad core overclocked to 3.4 ghz for $100 i got some now thats like a amd 965.

    highest was able to overclock stable was 4.22ghz in daul core mode only but didn't want to push it. highest in quad core was 3.93ghz
    running on Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P Motherboard

    with amd ati 4870x2 2gb gddr5

    8gb of ddr2 daul channel 1066mhz ram

    a 2.5tb hard drive
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,375   +166

    Phenom II X3 710 here.
  20. I recently upgraded to a CORE i5 750 on a H57 motherboard and a GTX 470. Earlier I was having a Pentium 4 system with a CRT display.
  21. CRad

    CRad TS Rookie

    I work in 3D and honestly nothing beats an i7... I got the i7 930 (revision of the 920) a month or so ago and managed to overclock it to 4.01Ghz with 12GB of ram... The thing rips apart my old Quad core (Q9650) which I now use for network rendering...

    I will be grabbing the new hexa-cores from intel and overclocking them too just to built a bit more on my render farm...
    I'll have a prometeia phase change cooling unit soon also so that will be interesting to overclock with!
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Intel Q9550 ( Work machine)
    AMD Athlon II x2 7750 @ 3.5 Ghz (built for my wife)
    AMD 64 x2 4200 ( my daughters webkins machine)
    AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE @ 3.9Ghz (my gaming machine)
    AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE ( TEC cooled project im working on)
    and a dual core Pentium Acer Laptop

    ....so as you can see, im running at 52.42 Ghz .....on air! :p
  23. Phenom X3 720, unlocked 4th core @3,4GHz
  24. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 143   +73

    4 core desktop
    2 core personal laptop
    2 core work laptop.
  25. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    Intel E8500 Core2Duo @ 4GHz here
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