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How many cores power your primary machine?

Q: How many cores power your primary machine?

I know we had a thread on this in April of last year but what I really want is a poll so I can quickly see the numbers. What I'm trying to see is how many people are running 3 core machines and how many people have 6 core procs. Keep in mind I want to know actually cores, not the number of simultaneous threads you can run. Also, if you're using a multiprocessor machine please add up your cores. Also, if you have a triple core machine but it's not your primary I would appreciate it if you would post so in the thread.

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A: How many cores power your primary machine?

Work related question or just curiosity?

I run 2 cores now in almost everything I physically use. I have a single core system that runs and does stuff for me nearly 24/7, but I almost never sit in front of it.
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I've been searching the web for an explanation as to why AMD would sell their processors like that but can't find anything. Does anyone know why dual core AMD processors would be set to work as single cores by default?

A:Dual Cores Sold Working as Single Cores!?

This kind of thing is not at all unusual in the computer industry. There could be a variety of reasons, here are a couple off the top of my head:
- one core is damaged or not up to spec
- there is a shortage of the single core machines and AMD has commitments to meet
- due to the economies of scale, it might be cheaper to have a single "production line" instead of two.
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A:AMD A10-6800K - Underclock CPU Cores to Overclock GPU Cores

Are you using the stock air cooler for cooling the APU or do you have an aftermarket cooler? If you are running the stock cooler, I would suggest NOT trying to push for the max stable overclock. What are your temps with your current overclock settings and running a demanding game?
I don't believe you can push the GPU higher by underclocking the CPU. Yes it will technically reduce some heat, but you will achieve best overall overclock by following directions below.
I suggest you overclock the integrated GPU before you overclock the CPU, since the GPU is the limiting factor here. If you go too high with the CPU clock, it can get really difficult to raise the GPU core clock. Start off with stock settings for the CPU and and keep bumping your GPU settings up until they are unstable. Once found unstable, take the settings down 1 notch and start overclocking the CPU settings. Repeat process as you did with the GPU. If you want to adjust the voltage after determining your max overclock with stock voltage, I would suggest doing so in small increments. Bump the voltage up a little at a time and repeat the same processes above with overclocking. Do NOT bump up the voltage above 1.5 volts (1.55v is the official max voltage supported by the APU before it gets damaged).
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A:Trying to Install XP On Oracle Virtual Machine: Vista Primary OS


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A:copy info from a primary hard drive of a dead machine.

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also when it says 2.4ghz quad core how many ghz is each core?

A:need help about dual cores & quad cores

It means 2 cores, each running at 2.1. This does not mean you get a 4.2, but 2x 2.1 . For multi tasking its great, and more and more apps are supporting it.
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Have you tried starting in safe mode?
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A:Machine will not power off properly

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Originally Posted by Coco107

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A:E-machine power supply

"so i want to ask what power supply will work for me so i can buy it ? and if the motherboard is still working ? how can i check it?"...

This is always a tough question dealing with eMachines computers. Power supplies are cheaper and easier to replace than motherboards. So replacing the power supply with a quailty 350 to 450 watt ATX power supply will be the first thing to try

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A:No power to a newly built machine

We have all had a problem like this. It is likely that you have installed something incorrection, or unseated something while working on another component.
Then nearly 15% of all new builds have a problem with hardware
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A:Ghost In The Machine - Power Issues?

Sounds as though this may be hardware related.
You have tried to replace the power supply already, so that seems to be eliminated.

I would also detach all ATA cables leading to the Hard Drive and CD/DVD drive (temporarily for testing)
There's is good online documentation on that process here:

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A:[SOLVED] Machine power having difficulty staying on

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Originally Posted by Squa190

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well....if you have a different motherboard, your HDD wont be able to run the OS installed on it as primary...

just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config.

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Quote: Originally Posted by warmoor73

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"It's not a true crash, in the sense that the bluescreen was initiated only because the combination of video driver and video hardware was being unresponsive, and not because of any synchronous processing exception".

Since Vista, the "Timeout Detection and Recovery" (TDR) components of the OS video subsystem have been capable of doing some truly impressive things to try to recover from issues which would have caused earlier OSs like XP to crash.

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If so, it might be as simple as dust buildup and subsequently inadequate cooling.

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A:Fixing power issue on ancient time machine & how to downpower for home server

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From Wikipedia
A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows systems, the system partition was required to be the first partition. Windows operating systems must be located in a primary partition. Other operating systems do not have this peculiar requirement. However, other factors, such as a PC's BIOS (see Boot sequence on standard PC) may also impart specific requirements as to which partition must contain the primary OS.

This one may load slow
Change the size of virtual memory (Page file size) in Vista | Windows Reference

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A:One of six cores running at 100%

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A:bsod on more then 2 cores

Please run Driver Verifier according to these directions:

Using Driver Verifier is an iffy proposition. Most times it'll crash and it'll tell you what the driver is. But sometimes it'll crash and won't tell you the driver. Other times it'll crash before you can log in to Windows. If you can't get to Safe Mode, then you'll have to resort to offline editing of the registry to disable Driver Verifier.

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Reboot into Windows (after the crash) and turn off Driver Verifier by going back in and selecting "Delete existing settings" on the first page, then locate and zip up the memory dump file and upload it with your next post.

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Summary of the BSOD's:

Built by: 7600.16385.x86fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Sun Jan 17 16:49:48.905 2010 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:01:50.545
BugCheck 100000C5, {74cee4c, 2, 0, 8193b04d}
Probably caused by : ntkrpamp.exe ( nt!ExAllocatePoolWithTag+49d )
PROCESS_NAME: SearchProtocol
Built by: 7600.16385.x86fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Sun Jan 17 16:57:18.882 2010 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:05:30.523
PROCESS_NAME: SearchProtocol
Built by: 7600.16385.x86fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Sun Jan 17 17:14:50.297 2010 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:16:30.812
PROCESS_NAME: iexplore.exe
Built by: 7600.16385.x86fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Sun Jan 17 17:47:54.558 2010 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:30:16.199
BugCheck 10000050, {f743d9fc, 1, 8192b943, 2}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for dxgkrnl.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for dxgkrnl.sys
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A:How Do I Unpark my CPU's Cores?

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? New thread ?
? Dump File ?

If Verifier worked that quickly, it's usually a good sign.
Repost the dump file so that we can have a look at it.
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A:BSOD with cores 3 or 4

Hello and Welcome !

Seems like some Hardware component is causing the System to crash. Run a complete hardware diagnostic follow this article Hardware Diagnostic !! ? Captain Debugger follow this article Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try

A fatal hardware error has occurred. Parameter 1 identifies the type of error
source that reported the error. Parameter 2 holds the address of the
WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure that describes the error conditon.
Arg1: 00000000, Machine Check Exception
Arg2: 851e1024, Address of the WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure.
Arg3: b41a2000, High order 32-bits of the MCi_STATUS value.
Arg4: 28000145, Low order 32-bits of the MCi_STATUS value.

Debugging Details:
BUGCHECK_STR: 0x124_AuthenticAMD



PROCESS_NAME: explorer.exe


82b3fd2c 82e3af3f 00000124 00000000 851e1024 nt!KeBugCheckEx+0x1e
82b3fd68 82aeaf04 851b6869 851e1024 82a844d0 hal!HalBugCheckSystem+0xab
82b3fd98 82e3b1f1 851e1ea8 82e48e40 00000000 nt!WheaReportHwError+0x230
82b3feac 82e3b2e3 851e1ea8 851e1ef8 00000000 hal!HalpMcaReportError+0x3b
82b3fed0 82e3b54f 00000000 851e1ef8 82b3fff0 hal!HalpMceHandler+0x8b
82b3fee0 82e315f5 00000000 00000000 00000000 hal!HalpHandleMachineCheck+0x3b
82b3fff0 82e2e261 00000000 801dc000 00000000 hal!HalpMcaExceptionHandler+0x87
82b3fff0 00000000 00000000 801dc000 00000000 hal!HalpMcaExceptionHandlerWrapper+0x89


MODULE_NAME: hardware

IMAGE_NAME: hardware




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I was reading a thread about seeing if all the cores are operating properly.

I looked in Dev Mgr and it shows 8 cores, but usage on only two.
Is this normal?



A:Cores question

Indeed it is, Windows dynamically adjusts core usage across the cores according to demand so don't worry about it...

Your task manager shows 8 graphs, and your specs indicate you have quad core i7 2600k which is hyperthreaded so that 1 core is assigned to 2 logical cores and can work on two threads simultaneously, thus appearing to the system as 8 cores...

Hope that helps..

EDIT: If you want to see all 8 cores in action, try using this software, It'll force all eight logical cores to work

LinX Stability

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A:Question about cores

Use one thread per core. Using more than one thread per core will actually slow it down due to the overhead to switch between the two threads. One exception is if you have several processes that are actively using processor time. For example, 3 other processes plus one thread for this, each process will get 25%. Set Terragen to two threads, and each process gets 20%, but Terragen will actually get 40% due to using 2 threads. This only applies if the other processes are not idle, i.e., each thread shows 20% processor usage all the time.

So, if you have a dual processor system using two Quad core processors, use 8.

If you still have the 1.2 GHz Celeron listed in your specs, use 1.


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A:BSOD in CS:S + 8 cores?

You should hit refresh on the windows experience index, that card definitely does not rate a 1.0
maybe you do have 8 cores, lol what a bargan!
Did you install the Intel drivers for the motherboard chipset right after you installed the OS? I have seen cases where if you forget to do that you get some wierd OS glitches.

NVLxxxxxx i think is a Nvida driver.
So the dump looks like a video driver crash, get a new video driver.
If you have the latest driver download the one before it and install sometimes the new driver is buggy.
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A:have i unlocked 6 cores i think i may have :) ?

Could try using CPU-z. It shows all of your processor information, such as how many cores there are.
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Anyone knows why we can see on Task Manager 100% CPU usage for any of the cores (physical + hyperthreaded)?

A:How can all cores on a hyperthreaded CPU go to 100%

Off wikipedia: With HTT, one physical core appears as two processors to the operating system, which can use each core to schedule two processes at once. In addition, two or more processes can use the same resources: if resources for one process are not available, then another process can continue if its resources are available. Hyper-threading - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A:More cores or higher GHz?

more applications will take advantage of the speed of the 2.8Ghz than will the three cores of the 1.8Ghz...unless you are doing some more than the average user type programs. In other words, nearly all programs will take advantage of a higher clock speeds. only some of them will even acknowledge the third core.
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A:Is one of my 'cores' not working?

No, why do you think you have a 5gig cpu? You have a cpu with two cores that run @2.5gig each. Trust me it never said 5gig.

There are many reasons why a system slows down;
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2 Lack of ram and too many apps running.
3 Poorly designed software
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I would post a hijack log in the security forum and have a security person review your log for any malware, etc.

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A:One or both cores maxed out! Help!

Hello Bobby,

This may be a sign of a virus or some other spyware/malware infection. I would run a thorough antivirus and spyware scan to be safe.

To help see what is using up the CPU so much, you can look at the Resource Monitor under the CPU section (step 5 in this tutorial below) for a list of items using it.

Resource Monitor

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A:Boot up 1 or 4 Cores

From my experience and testing, toggling this has never made 1 bit of difference on any machine I have ever used. I've read about this tweak for years now...but have never seen this thing make a single difference.

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A:How many cores do I have in my CPU (name confusion)

Quote: Originally Posted by Jaypaul97

Hi, in my DXdiag my CPU is as follows: intel core i5 CPU 650 @ 3.2GHz (4 CPUs),~ 3.2 GHz

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...You need to leave the settings in msconfig alone. The check box labeled "Number of processors" needs to be unchecked.
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A:Only two cores out of four showing?


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A:Multiple cores?

You don't say what hardware you have. I would look here first:

Core Temp

also here:

Also the Task Manager that comes with Windows. Guess these are listed in my order of preference. Core Temp is best if it supports your CPU. Gives peak temperature reading so you know how hot the core got while you were making a sandwich.
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There are two cores to the processor, both running simutaniousley at the advertised clock speeds - therefore you will be getting twice the power and twice the efficiency. Core2Duo's can be overclocked like crazy - you can easily get a 2.6GHZ to 3.6GHZ.

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hey Rig,
do the the temps get closer to even when they are under load?
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A:Vista will not recognize all cores

Hi KRAZYTRUCKER and welcome to Vista Forums

How many cores are being detected in the BIOS? What is the full model number of the motherboard (this should be silk-screened on the board itself)?
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A:hal.dll BSOD on AMD Phenom II (6 cores) 64

Quote: Originally Posted by simeon

I built a new computer 1 year ago on an Asus M4A89TD PRO/USB3 motherboard with a Phenom II AMD64 6 cores CPU running at 3.2 GHz.
The OS is : Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 6.1, build: 7601 full retail.

I recently and repeatedly encountered a crash on my system when using photoshop cs4/bridge application.

The problem seems to occur whenever the system is fully loaded, e.g. when opening a directory (in photoshop/bridge) that contains many pictures and while the photoshop cache builds up.

I also encountered disk errors where the cache resides (i.e. a 300 GB WD velociraptor at 10000rpm) but this is probably the consequence rather than the cause of it.

What is strange is that the same data resided on another (slower) disk and the problem did not occur there. It occured since I moved the data circa 250 GB of pictures) into a newer and faster WD 600 GB velociraptor HD, precisely when building the cache...

Googling on photoshop gave me hints to update to latest graphic drivers, which I did (the graphic card is am ATI Radeon HD 5800 with 1 GB of RAM and I am now on version 8.861.0.0 ). The driver upgrade did not change anything...

The output of "whocrashed" gives me the following hint :
This was probably caused by the following module: hal.dll (hal+0x12A3B)
Bugcheck code: 0x124 (0x0, 0xFFFFFA8007DBB028, 0xB640A000, 0x3B000135)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\hal.dll
product: Microsoft? Windows? Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL
Bug check description: This bug check indicates that a fatal hardware error has occurred. This bug check uses the error data that is provided by the Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA).
This is likely to be caused by a hardware problem problem. This problem might be caused by a thermal issue.
The crash took place in a standard Microsoft module. Your system configuration may be incorrect. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver on your system which cannot be identified at this time.

I would like to add the following: I endured BSODs one year ago and got rid of them once I removed ZoneAlarm and a PCTools anti-virus.

I do not think that the hardware is directly the cause of it, since this is a dual boot config (Ubuntu) and Linux never crashed. Admittedly, photoshop/bridge is consuming a lot more resources than any Linux programs...

Whatever you did on sept 12, 2010 changed the BCC from the pctools/ZAP error (7F) to a hardware 124. I would start with a system file check (to verify and repair OS files)

Run a system file check to verify and repair your system files.
To do this type cmd in search, then right click to run as administrator, then

Read here for more information SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Let us know the results from the report at the end.
Did you by chance change the memory then? re-seat a card? something physical?

Any ideas?
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Am I reading CPU-Z or Speccy incorrectly when it shows me my i7 6700HQ has only 2 cores-not 4 as advertised?  CPUID HW Monitor shows the processor as an i5 with 2 cores.  Even more worrying.
Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated,

A:New XPS 15 9550 i7 not showing 4 cores-just 2!

The setup page (F2 at powerup) should list the installed CPU -- if it's showing 6700HQ, it's a quad-core and the software you're using likely just hasn't caught up with the skylake CPUs, all of which are very new.