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Windows 7: Dual Core Xeon 3.6Ghz Processors

11 Apr 2010   #1

Dual Core Xeon 3.6Ghz Processors

Hello all..

Have a quick ? for you all...

I have installed Windows 7 on my IBM Intellistation machine which has 2 Intel 3.6Ghz Dual Core Xeon Processors. Here's my question...

In Device Mangler, it shows Processors>Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.60Ghz x 4. When I check Task Manager, it shows me the utilization of two processors.

Is this correct!? Should TM show 4 boxes instead of two!? Or is Windows 7 seeing everything okay?!

Thanks in advance!

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11 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Which version of Windows 7 do you have?

It's not easy to find the information, but apparently you need Professional or Ultimate to use two physical sockets. Home Premium only supports one.
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11 Apr 2010   #3


I forgot to include that.. My apologies...

I have Windows 7 Home Premium x64.


Am I REALLY going to benefit from upgrading from Home Premium to Professional in order to utilize the processors!?
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15 Jul 2010   #4

Win2K, WinXp, WinVista, Mandriva- & Ubuntu- Linux
IBM Intellistation with 2 x 3.6GHz Xeon

Physically there are 2 processors (cores). However if "hyperthreading" is enabled then these 2 may sometimes show up as 4.
I see the difference on my machine (running Ubuntu) when enabling/disabling hyperthreading.
Hyperthreading is enabled / disabled in the computer's BIOS
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15 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You cannot take advantage of 2 physical CPU chips with Home Premium. You have to be on Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate to utilize both physical CPU's.
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