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Application Benchmarks: General Usage

How Many CPU Cores Do You Need?

The virus scanner benchmark might best reflect how the average user spends CPU cycles on a computer.

AVG Antivirus shows us some wonderful performance gains with multiple CPU cores. A PC's performance can slow to a crawl while a scan takes place, but these results show that multiple cores can assume more of the load while shortening scan times.

WinZip and WinRAR show almost no multi-threading enhancements. WinRAR does have the edge with an apparent ability to at least take advantage of two cores, but no more than that.

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