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Ok, I'm an idiot...but uh why do I see 8 cores?

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August 13, 2010 11:21:30 AM

I haven't built a home computer since my AMD 4400x2...so this quad core thing is new. but when I got xp64 installed I noticed I had 8 cores(only did this so I could do win7) then I noticed, I still had 8 cores! Is this something new to have 2 logical cores per physical? Neat bonus, didn't expect it...but just wanted to make sure. Was about to go to intel.com and look for any cpu drivers...but if this legit I don't want to dl anything!


took a screenshot of resource manager and task manager...

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 11:25:03 AM

i7 930?
4 of then are real and the next 4 are virtual.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 2:53:06 PM

Four physical cores in the I7 930, however each core is able to hyperthread (2 per core generally). Therefore the total amount of logical cores is 8 and that is the number given.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 3:05:29 PM

Cool, isn't it? :) 

You have more than you thought you did.
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