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Windows 7: AMD 16 core prosseror in 2016

20 Jan 2014   #1
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 
AMD 16 core prosseror in 2016


AMD reportedly working on a native 16-core processor
Read more at AMD plans native 16-core Steamroller-based processor for 2016 | TweakTown



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20 Jan 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I can see it for servers, where you can run VMs more easily, but why would a desktop need 16 cores when most software will barely support quads as it is right now? I have 8 cores and Windows doesn't really do anything with all of those except let me run multiple programs. 16 cores is just overkill for consumer machines IMHO.
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21 Jan 2014   #3
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

For those of us who run Folding@Home, 16 cores would be marvelous.
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21 Jan 2014   #4
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
For those of us who run Folding@Home, 16 cores would be marvelous.
Agreed folding would get good use out of that for those who doesn't know what folding is quick understanding Folding@home - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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21 Jan 2014   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
For those of us who run Folding@Home, 16 cores would be marvelous.
LOL. The one exception I hadn't thought of.
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21 Jan 2014   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Any application that can use a large number of CPU bound threads would benefit from 16 cores. But the reality is that writing such an application is not easy and thus few that will benefit. Folding@Home is one such exception. Until computers with large numbers of cores are common there is little incentive for that to change.

Most applications spend the majority of their time waiting for something to do, during which time the consume zero CPU time. All computers wait at the same rate. Even when an application is using the CPU most of the time there is only 1 (or some small number) of threads that are actually running. Having 2 cores helps with system responsiveness but the benefits beyond that are limited. It is impossible for a thread to use more than one core at the same moment. That is the reality of how threads work.

When a set of open applications only has work for 2, 3 or 4 cores, adding more will only mean more cores with little to do.

Things are different in a busy server. A server with multiple virtual machines and serving a large number of active users can easily find work for 16 and more cores.
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26 Jan 2014   #7
CriticalError

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

The only time you need 16 Core is if your rendering as most of those applications will take advantage of multiple cores, However 95% of apps barley use quad cores. Games like Bf4 have been written to take advantage of multiple cores, but as stated 16 cores is way overkill.
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26 Jan 2014   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

AMD already has 16 core CPUs, and Intel 12 core.
Newegg.com - Server Processors, Server CPU
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26 Jan 2014   #9
CriticalError

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
AMD already has 16 core CPUs, and Intel 12 core.
Newegg.com - Server Processors, Server CPU
Yes for servers, but I think they are releasing 16 cores for desktop users..
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27 Jan 2014   #10
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

You gotta have the hardware first, then write the software to take advantage of it.
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