I am getting real stumpped over my quad core. I recently bought Windows 7 after using the RC for a couple of months. A friend of mine told me that he found that a lot of people are not getting the full power out of their quad cores because they only have 2 cores active. Now, I checked my device manager and I see that my computer has two entries for my Q9550. Is this normal? Does this have something to do with ACPI?
The Q9550 is a pair of dual core dies but together (hence 6+6 MB L2). Each of those entries is a dual core. Go to your sidebar gadgets, and click "add more". On the Microsoft website download a quad core ready cpu monitor.