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Windows 8.1 uses more than 2 cores?

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    Windows 8.1 uses more than 2 cores?


    Back in 2008/9 I had the Intel Q6600 cpu and at that time games and OS barely could utilize more than 2 cores of a processor. How are things now? My straight forward question is whether windows 8.1 utilizes more than 2 cores?
    Does it make sense to upgrade to a quad core for a HTPC just for a fast n snappy computing experience?

    Thanks.

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    I don't have it anymore to try W8 on it. But running Vista x64 my Phenom I 9850 quad was totally maxed out running BD Rebuilder. In fact I was disappointed because it could only handle "good" quality setting. Anything higher and it choked and crashed. For an exercise run BDRB at top quality and see how your quad handles it. It's a good test.
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    I am on a dual core right now. A friend just upgraded from 7 to 8.1 (He has a quad) and his pc is just zipping fast now. So was wondering things are different now.
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    Windows 8.1 can take advantage of as many cores as you have. The point is that old games are not optimized for multi-core platforms.

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    W8 is faster than W7 in part because it doesn't give you the Glass composition that W7 does. Likewise run a CPU intensive multi-thread console program on Linux. Watch it get done fast.
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    Gotta upgrade soon, tried unlocking my AMD Phenom xII 560 with no luck today.
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    The Windows 8 kernel has some improvements over that in Windows 7 but none that are relevant to the current situation. The technology has reached the point that usage of multiple cores is primarily up to the application. If the application has only a small number of active threads (often one) there is nothing the OS can do to make it use more cores. This situation is common with older applications.
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  8. #8


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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    The Windows 8 kernel has some improvements over that in Windows 7 but none that are relevant to the current situation. The technology has reached the point that usage of multiple cores is primarily up to the application. If the application has only a small number of active threads (often one) there is nothing the OS can do to make it use more cores. This situation is common with older applications.
    Keeping apps aside will multiple cores make the OS feel snappier/faster?
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  9. #9


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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Windows 8.1 can take advantage of as many cores as you have. The point is that old games are not optimized for multi-core platforms.

    I don't care about games currently.
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by Rockfella View Post
    Gotta upgrade soon, tried unlocking my AMD Phenom xII 560 with no luck today.
    It needs to be a BE edition to unlock it eventually. 550BE is almost guaranteed to unlock all 4 cores.
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