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Hardware, Embedded Systems It this post Geek.com offers a walkthrough of the building of a powerful, yet affordable workstation. Each of the parts was carefully chosen and the build was extensively detailed. There were some problems, but those were worked around and the end result was an impressive 64-bit workhorse.
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6c1452
Member since:
2007-08-29

yes, not everything can be parallelized... so what. 1-2 core for the OS (Vista anyone?!). 1 for my HD encryption 1 for the virus scanner in the back ground 1-2 for open apps, although idle WHILE I AM GAMING, which takes at least another 2 cores. Doing the math, that makes it exactly 8 cores already in that totally normal, every day application scenario. Why am I typing this? Because I am having this scenario sitting right here on my table, except I am limited to 2 cores right now, so bring on the other 6.


More like 4. You can dump most of that (OS, encryption, virus scanner, non-cpu-intensive apps) on two cores and have two left over for gaming. Although I'm not aware of tools on windows which make it easy to assign a process to a given core.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Although I'm not aware of tools on windows which make it easy to assign a process to a given core.


You mean like the plain stock task manager that comes with Windows?

On Windows XP box anyway, you can set the processor affinity of just about any process using that pretty easily with a right-click on the process, and choose "Set Affinity..."

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6c1452 Member since:
2007-08-29

There are a lot of things about windows I'm not aware of. :p

Being able to save the affinity setting would be better, but that does work.

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rhost Member since:
2008-09-11

You can also set the affinity for programs before you start them. I did this many years ago with System Shock 2 because of a bug that crashed it when running on more than 1 processor.

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Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm not aware of tools on windows which make it easy to assign a process to a given core.

Task manager.

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