Weekend Open Forum: How many cores power your PC?

By Jos ยท 98 replies
Apr 30, 2010
  1. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    4 cores. Stil pretty happy with my Q6600.
  2. P4 2.8 :( At least HT gets used on it now.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,670   +988

    My workstation is still running the trusty Q6600 I bought many years ago, but it's getting replaced pretty soon for a Core i7. Steve gets to keep all the chips we test for further evaluation (so we can report back to you, when we don't have to return them).
  4. Hazard

    Hazard TS Enthusiast Posts: 33

    quad core Q6600 @ 2.40hz works pretty damn well!
  5. TheDumbass

    TheDumbass TS Rookie Posts: 22

    watching games as slideshows with my Athlon X2 5000+ @ 2,88hz
  6. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Triple core. AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition.

    So fat it does the work for me. I will be upgrading to a 6 Core at the end of the year though. I think.
  7. Laptop: 2 Cores, Core 2 Duo
    Home Server: 2 Cores, Core i3
    Gaming System: 2 Cores, E6750 @ 3.2Ghz

    Will be upgrading to a Core i7 920, Four Cores, coming up this month.
  8. I have a amd 955 and not planing to upgrade
  9. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,958   +216

    Bought my first Quad November 2007, a Intel Q6600
    I've exchanged that once for a Xeon X3230
    And now I'm running a Q9450
    All on the same Maximus Formula mobo, the latest processor has more cache, however all upgrades where done to find a processor which would overclock higher, but that failed, first two where 266Mhz FSB so then the mobo did not hold me back then...
    But now with the Q9450 I can't go high because it's high default FSB of 333Mhz limits me due to my mobo's chipset not wanting to go at even 450Mhz :(
    Mobo is Maximus Formula flashed with Rampage Formula BIOS
  10. I am using a Phenom II 550 with unlocked cores turning it into a Quad B50 , then overclocked to 3.42 Ghz. * 8 gigs of DDR2 1066 and a powercolor 5970 gpu. My mobo has a bios update to run the 6 core Phenom II and am thinking of upgrading to it next month after many reviews are posted by users.

    AMD may be the underdog rite now , but for what i use a pc for ( Gaming ) why would i ever want to pony up $1100.00 for a 6 core fom intel when AMD offers a close competor for $300.00 ? The upgrade path that AMD offers is nothing short of fantastic.
  11. chickenroyal

    chickenroyal TS Rookie

    4 - Core i7 920 D0 @ 2.66GHz (Stock - plan on a modest 3.2GHz OC soon)
  12. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    3 cores
    Phenom II x3 720 @3.5GHz
  13. My DKA790GX Motherboard died, so I though it was a good opportunity to upgrade to an Asus Crosshair IV & AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ;D - 6 Cores :) - Plan On OC To 4.1 Soon...

    A Definate Improvement over my Phenom II X4 940! Worth The Money!
  14. Erik

    Erik TechSpot Staff Posts: 311   +18

    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
    2 Cores
  15. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Running quad core Q9450. Waiting for Sandy Bridge to upgrade.
  16. Quad on my main workstation then 64 cores on my 3d rendering farm...all custom built. Pure bliss.
  17. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    Currently I am running an X3 710. It is not quite as much horsepower as I would like, but is infinitely better than my old PD 920 @ 3.3. I had been thinking about a new video card for my next upgrade, but now that the Phenom II x6's are out I'm not so sure any more.
  18. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    4 core i7 920 @ 3.8
    2 core X II 55 @ 3.1 with 1 additional core unlocked by mobo
  19. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,716   +856

    Using 4 cores - Q9550, mildly overclocked to 3.1Ghz. Been an excellent little processor. Next spring I'll upgrade to an "i" something - haven't decided yet.

    Although 4 cores has come in handy during some heavy-duty multi-tasking jobs, it really has had zero difference on gaming compared to a dual core. Software companies need to get their act together and realize unless some new technology comes out, we've pretty much hit the high ends of processing speed and need to maximize their products for multiple core use.
  20. Q9400 @ 3.7ghz on my workstation.
    E8500 @ 4.4ghz on my home server.
    E2180 @ 3.6ghz on my HTPC
    Some randlebean 2ghz core 2 duo in my lappy :)

    Looking to get a i7 930 for my workstation soon.
  21. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 124   +9

    Phenom II X3 710 @ 2.86Ghz
  22. 4 cores, phenom 9850
  23. I don't have a notebook, and only use one E6750 @ 3Ghz machine whish is used for gaming, work and multimedia.

    Up until I bought Bad Company 2, I wansn't pallning to upgrade until sandy bridge comes along. Now though, since GTA IV and Bad Company 2 need quad cores, I was thinking of getting some $200 band aid upgrade, but when I think about it some more, I guess I'll wait until Sandy Bridge.

    The money should be better spend on travelling and other hobbies.

    Plus Intel wants about $220 or so for a Q9550! AMD sells an X6 CPU for that price, also you can get an i7 920 for $180 at micro center! - so I'm not buying the Q9550 for that sole principle.

    I wish I had an AM2/3 motherboard and not a LGA775 one :/
  24. Yad

    Yad TS Rookie Posts: 41

    At lappy i got a C2D 2ghz.

    Pc has C2D E4500 overclocked at 2.5ghz with stock cooling.
    Planning to upgrade to Phenom II x6 T1055 at the end of summer,at least i hope so XD
  25. MikeFE

    MikeFE TS Rookie

    Got a Phenom II x4 955 running at a slight overclock of 3.5GHz.
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