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Windows 8 C.P. physical cores in Task Manager

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April 2, 2012 3:02:22 AM

Good evening folks,

the minor inconvenience i'm experiencing is with the Task Manager in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It's displaying 1 physical core, 4 logical cores. Here are my basic specs as I feel this will only partially help with this software issue:

- Intel i2500k @ 4Ghz
- Gigabyte z68a-d3-b3 w/ a BIOS update performed today
- 8Gigs of something (lol please don't make me look)
- 700 Watt PSU 80plus OCZ
- EVGA GTX260 core 216 stock w/ Windows 8 drivers from Nvidia's website
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview with all updates

I tried searching for this topic on the forums and google but Windows 8 is still very virgin (so to speak) to the average consumer. I'm assuming, just like how my processor underclocks itself to 1.8Ghz to save energy, that this is an energy saving feature to disable the other cores. Gaming wise, everything is great! I can see how a simple reply will finish this topic.

Annnnnddd I just spilled my pepsi on me and the ground. At least my hardware was spared. Time to clean! Please help! :) 
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April 2, 2012 3:31:12 AM

? you have Quad core CPU.... 1 CPU.... 4 logical cores. I don't see what your problem is? that's exactly right
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April 2, 2012 3:44:40 AM

I have not tried Windows 8 out yet, but in the task manager how can you tell it's deteching one physical core and the others as virtual? I say this because i assume it's like Windows 7's task manager where it displays the numbers of threads and not physical cores.

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April 2, 2012 4:59:42 AM

Check MSCONFIG and make sure its not limiting cores.
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April 2, 2012 6:19:20 AM

unksol said:
? you have Quad core CPU.... 1 CPU.... 4 logical cores. I don't see what your problem is? that's exactly right

It should say 4 cpu's, logical cores are from hyper threading..
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April 2, 2012 1:01:03 PM

Thanks for the replies:

start/run/msconfig: Boot set to 4 cores by me. All manufacturer driver updates have been performed.

To elaborate, it shows 1 PHYSICAL core (meaning there should be 4 physical), 4 logical cores which doesn't seem right. Anyhow, all games are fine, updates, I even formatted Windows 8 and it's still like this. My guess: power saving feature or just a hiccup in the task manager. I supposed others will eventually see this and make a similar post.

Cheers folks!
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April 2, 2012 10:13:31 PM

amuffin said:
It should say 4 cpu's, logical cores are from hyper threading..


I would expect VIRTUAL cores to be from hyperthreading. If its supposed to be logical cores its just a Microsoft glitch in labeling. this is kind of obvious from the fact that the i5 doesn't hyperthread, and you have no performance impact.

It still makes perfect sence to me you have one PHYSICAL CPU and on it four "logical" cores. or 8 if hyperthreading. In any case this is more about how Microsoft labels them, then whether or not they are working since you kn
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February 3, 2013 12:12:38 AM

You need to disable specifying the number of processors with msconfig. I have a dual core i5 and when I specify two I get 1 physical, 1 core, 2 logical. Without specifying I get 1 physical, 2 cores, 4 logical.
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