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QOTW: How many cores/threads does your desktop CPU have?

by Parm Mann on 10 March 2017, 16:31


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CPU innovation used to be the driving force in desktop PCs, and at one point it seemed as though the frequency race would be overtaken by a sprint to deliver as many cores and threads as possible. But the transition to a massively multi-threaded computing environment hasn't really materialised.

Dual- or quad-core chips are still the norm for many systems, and have been for a number of years, and only now, with the launch of AMD Ryzen, are six-core CPUs within reach of mainstream consumers.

But has the industry stalled at four cores because of a lack of innovation, or is it a lack of demand from consumers?

It's an interesting and very debatable topic, so for this week's question let us ask: how many cores/threads does your desktop CPU have? Share your answers below, and we're particularly keen on hearing whether or not you consider the core count sufficient for your general workload.

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I currently have 4 cores and 8 threads. Which is more than sufficient in my opinion. Will it be in 2 years time when ‘mainstream’ core and thread count finally resumes it's climb, who knows?
8C/16T and it's more than enough. Nothing I've done in the last 5 years taxes it EXCEPT my s db, and even then I'm constrained by the storage IOs not CPU performance.
I've been on 4 cores/8 threads for a few years now, mainly because I (like a lot of people I suspect) haven't been able to afford to go higher and this has caused a situation where developers didn't feel the need to develop for such a minority user base and so people didn't want to go for more cores as they wouldn't be used properly (standfast the creative media types who have been benefitting from more cores for a while now). Hopefully with AMD having high core cpus at a elatively low price more people will adopt them and developers will see a greater market for more highly threaded aplications.
6C/12T Old Xeon X5650, currently sufficient, waiting to see what happens to Zen arch at the next spin, that will decide whether I'm going back to AMD or getting an Intel chip next.
bah, threads and multicores, you kids don't know how good you have it nowadays. back in my day we only had 4 cores and hyperthreading was a fantasy pipe dream.

still rockin' a 4 core Phenom II 920 from 2009 with DDR2 (remember that:P ) memory running at a whopping 800mhz.

coupled with a 750ti it still plays everything up to witcher 3 on high settings. why upgrade to anything newer? this still works and you cant even tell the SSD is only running at sata2 speeds.