April 11, 2010

Multi-Core CPU’s Still Not Being Utilized

Intel and AMD are constantly pumping out new processors with more and more processing cores.  But can current OS software really utilize all that processing power?  Today a Quad Core CPU is easily affordable to most people.  Multi-Core CPU’s have been out for years now and software is still being written in a way that doesn’t utilize the processing power of Multi-Core CPU’s.  Use of Multi Core applications may require a rethinking of windows “Although modern operating systems do true multitasking and scale with the addition of more cores, Probert thinks that to take full advantage of the new wonderfully powerful hardware we have, it will require a reworking and rethinking of Windows.  Of course, with the rapidly growing number of cores, especially in light of Intel’s experimental 48-core CPU, an alternative method would be to devote at least one discrete core to each application.” Says Toms Hardware.

A dedicated core for each application is a interesting concept… so what would you do when you have more then say 4 applications open on a Quad Core Processor?  I’m curious to see how this plays out over the next 10 years as we can expect the amount of cores being used to easily double. 


  1. thsoundman - April 12, 2010 12:03 pm

    Furthermore a lot of companies don’t optimize their software so they become memory and CPU hungry. So where they could be using 1gb of ram with 1 cpu core they are instead having to use 4 cores and 4gb of ram. Bad Company 2 is a prime example of this issue.

    Generally when I build a new rig I look into the video card first and foremost and then build the rest of the PC around it because 90% of what I do is video card intensive.

  2. Steele - April 12, 2010 10:34 am

    Personally, I think this is a situation where, for the vast majority of applications, hardware technology is waaaaay ahead of software development – and will likely stay there for some time. Until broad-scale software development catches up to the technology, there’s little reason for a consumer to pay top-dollar for the newest, badass-est hardware.

    IMO, take the money you’d spend on that 48-core CPU and invest in a heftier power supply, faster memory, a more powerful graphics card (s) and a better cooling solution for your next rig.


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