Weekend Open Forum: How many cores power your PC?

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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.
AMDs 6 core competing with intels 6 core. 1/10 troll effort.


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I bought the QX6700 on release and has been clocked @3.2Ghz without issues on air. Mostly used for gaming, Photoshop and video editing. Planning on the 980X for my next build to achieve higher clocks and faster processing overall but is still a premium price and will have to pay 35% more than my QX6700 which is mad - although overclocking is much better. My AMD work PC is singlecore and does the job!


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i7 920 @ 4.0GHz in my main machine, 4 cores 8 threads.
E8400 Stock in my soon to be HTPC, 2 cores.
P4 630 Stock in my media server, 1 core 2 threads

The upgrade from my Q6600 to i7 920 was pretty substantial and don't regret it at all, most of the time I don't use even a quarter of the processing power of it but its nice to have and does help render video faster and contribute to WCG.


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AMD Phenom X4 965 quad core.

I thought it was sweet that certain games and programs only used 25 percent of my CPU power. Then I realized that means that I am maxing out just one core. Most games and programs only use one core or two cores at the most. I realize now that it's almost stupid to have a quad core because nearly nothing utilizes the extra cores.


quad core - q6600
will either get an i7 in the summer or wait till the next architecture is released.



Running a Phenom X4 B50 @3,4ghz,waiting to see what the new Phenom 960T will be like before i decide to upgrade.


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I have a phenom II 940 @ 3.4ghz. I probably will not upgrade till the next iteration after am3. Not gonna shell out the money for a new mb, memory, and processor just for a small gain in performance. It's not worth it.


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4 cores. Q9550 @ 3.62GHz here. Going to wait until 6 cores / 32nm becomes affordable before making another jump.


I have a 965 @4Ghz under an H50 at home and an i720 @ 4Ghz at work - use both for media encoding and both seem very quick to me, the Intel part has the edge, but not by much in real world apps, (Windows 7 scores the AMD at 7.5, and the Intel at 7.6, which seems about right) CS4 actually makes better use of the 4 'real' cores than the 8 HT ones. May get an X6 if they update the bios for my AM3 board.


my quad q6600 is only 2.4ghz....how are you getting to 3.3ghz? ive got a 680i sli bfg motherboard...


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3x 4-core desktop
2x 2-core laptop
3x 1-core netbook

All these cores and not much software to take advantage of it all. Even if you have 4, 6, 8, 12 what the heck is going to use those cores. Even Server Enterprise version can use Multi-core. I can use the 4 core on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and it will Zoom.. That's the OS, applications would need to be able to access or are programmed to use multi-core processors.

On the 4-core I can have 8 applications running at the same time and watch video at the same time. Still for me to spend money on 8 or 12 core which will be my next move. I'll skip the six core for now.


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4 cores on my Phenom II X4 955 @3.2Ghz... gets the job done playing Hawx or Dawn of War 2, and the usual web browsing and 1080p media playing stuff :)


Machine 1: Stock Intel Core i7-860 @ 2.80GHz - 8 GB DDR3 (Quad core with hyper-threading)
Machine 2: Stock AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.60 GHz - 8 GB DDR2 (Quad core)
Laptop: Stock Intel Core2Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz (Dual core) - 4 GB DDR2


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Q9550 and lovin every minute of it. What Core i7 or Core i5?!?!? I'm running right there with them!!!!!!!!


Upgraded to an i7-920 @ 3.6 Ghz 1.21v in Oct 09 then put an SSD (160GB G2) in the machine on Dec 24. Won't be upgrading for awhile. Will take alook at the i7-970 which is intels 6 core non extreme chip maybe 1 year after its release as a drop in replacement.

I just started folding and these i7s are great.....doing 14500 PPD at the current overclock.


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Dual Core on my XPS m1710 (core duo), Dual Core on Qosmio G55 (core 2 Duo), SIngle Core HT (Pentium 4 )on my tower (3.6ghz, 2mb L2), and single core on my eeepc 900(celeron). Never needed anymore power planing on a upgrade to the tower this summer and throwing an I5 or i7 in there.
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