Advice regarding multicore speed.

hi there,
with a computer such as this "http://www.trademe.co.nz-
/Computers/Desktops/LCD-monito-
r/auction-388298159.htm" with 6 cores in the cpu as it says 2.8ghz

does this mean the processing power is effectivly 6 times the rated 2.8ghz?

geek_sir-ben, Jul 3, 5:28 pm

NO

geek__sms_, Jul 3, 5:29 pm

yes but it's not equal to each core ADDED to the others you cant do that.......it's like haveing 6 SEPERATE processors EACH working at 2.8ghz ............

geek_drcspy, Jul 3, 5:31 pm

that seller is being HONEST and Many are NOT.......SOME would add the cores and advertise the system as 16.8ghz which it is NOT and cannot be........

geek_drcspy, Jul 3, 5:32 pm

if you run benchmark it'll show the system as runnin EACH core at 2.8Ghz and it WONT show the system running at 16.8ghz

geek_drcspy, Jul 3, 5:33 pm

okay. sms your reply wasnt very helpful. this drspy was a good lad. and does this have any benefit over buying a computer with saaay 4ghz dual core?

what would be best for watching high-res movies, games and general browsing (with many processes running)

geek_sir-ben, Jul 3, 5:33 pm

No. It is a misleading ploy often used on TM.

If you want to look at something boring. Stata Multiprocessor (a stats app) claims that most of their stats commands with give you a 3x increase on an 8 core machine ( compared to a single core).

Last time I looked most games were limited by their videocards,

geek_gibler, Jul 3, 5:38 pm

oh right then, what use is a multicored computer?

geek_sir-ben, Jul 3, 5:44 pm

well it's like having several computers all working on the same job.......

geek_drcspy, Jul 3, 5:50 pm

virtually ANY computer you by now days will be multicore...........and to some extent the more cores the better as programs/games and etc are being created to take advantage of the multiple cores.............

geek_drcspy, Jul 3, 5:51 pm

but unless you're doing soem serious stuff then anything beyond a quad core is probably overkill

geek_drcspy, Jul 3, 5:52 pm

oh yes i was reading this page, makes it a bit easier to understand. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-core_processor

i think getting a nice fast computer would be a good idea because i generally have a few applications going at once, am just interested because my friend is selling his due to moving overseas and am debating weather or not to purchase it

geek_sir-ben, Jul 3, 5:52 pm

If you want a faster computer for everyday use make sure you get one with a SSD (solid state drive). Amazing the difference it makes. For 90% of folks what processor you have ain't going to make all that much difference to general system speed.

geek_dairydan, Jul 3, 6:02 pm

And as mentioned earlier, if you're a serious gamer then its the video card where its at more than nearly anything else. Most system come with little more than basic graphics capability which can be upgraded to whatever your wallet allows.

geek_babcorp, Jul 3, 6:16 pm

Obviously the entire multicore thing is a big scam. A 3.2GHz 6-core xeon is absolutely no faster than an old 3.2GHz celeron. Or at least that seems to be the opinion of people on this messageboard who bloody well ought to know better.

geek_little_egypt, Jul 3, 6:46 pm

Generally go for less cores higher GHz if it is for gaming if you are doing lots of things at the same time more cores are beneficial.

geek_thusisperfectio, Jul 3, 6:47 pm

yes but it's not equal to each core ADDED to the others you cant do that.it's like haveing 6 SEPERATE processors EACH working at 2.8ghz .

geek_drcspy, Jul 4, 5:31 pm

that seller is being HONEST and Many are NOT.SOME would add the cores and advertise the system as 16.8ghz which it is NOT and cannot be.

geek_drcspy, Jul 4, 5:32 pm

if you run benchmark it'll show the system as runnin EACH core at 2.8Ghz and it WONT show the system running at 16.8ghz

geek_drcspy, Jul 4, 5:33 pm

well it's like having several computers all working on the same job.

geek_drcspy, Jul 4, 5:50 pm

virtually ANY computer you buy now days will be multicore.and to some extent the more cores the better as programs/games and etc are being created to take advantage of the multiple cores.

geek_drcspy, Jul 4, 5:51 pm

but unless you're doing soem serious stuff then anything beyond a quad core is probably overkill

geek_drcspy, Jul 4, 5:52 pm

If you want a faster computer for everyday use make sure you get one with a SSD (solid state drive). Amazing the difference it makes. For 90% of folks what processor you have ain't going to make all that much difference to general system speed.

geek_dairydan, Jul 4, 6:02 pm

And as mentioned earlier, if you're a serious gamer then its the video card where its at more than nearly anything else. Most system come with little more than basic graphics capability which can be upgraded to whatever your wallet allows.

geek_babcorp, Jul 4, 6:16 pm