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I wanted to utilize my octo cpu and learn how to dedicate several programs I use to see if I can speed up my workflow and time. However, it is time for a new rig build this fall and I will be upgrading to a mobo with 32-64 gb ram options but I am unsure how to choose a new CPU and where I can learn how to open up what I currently have. I was thinking about moving back to a quad core. What are the benefits of a quad VS an octo CPU?

Can I do something like this:

Core 1: regular programs
Core 2: Adobe software
Core 3: Virtualbox
Core 4: whatever
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You can but you should not. It is called "affinity".

The entire purpose of an OS is to manage resources. It can manage resource more dynamically and better than you can.


There are a few instances where core-binding makes sense but general application usage is not one of them.



An example that I know is database engine instance. Note that this a very specific applications and they qualify it with "slight performance gains in high-throughput environments".
http://infocenter.sybase.com/help/index.jsp?topic=/com.sybase.infocenter.dc20020.1570/html/basics/basics15.htm
Edited by DuckieHo - 9/20/13 at 8:28am
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other than moving to an SSD and more ram do you know of any way to speed up the process? I have built a few network servers but still need more power on my main rig and now I am suffering with transfer time even though im on cat6.
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If you really want to try it you just set affinity on the process in the Task Manager...assuming you're on Windows. this would have to be done each time you start up the program though. I am sure there is a way you could script it to happen at start up or something, but I've never looked into that because, as Duckieho said, this isn't something you typically do.
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other than moving to an SSD and more ram do you know of any way to speed up the process? I have built a few network servers but still need more power on my main rig and now I am suffering with transfer time even though im on cat6.

Unless you have a crazy amount of users...CPU speed and power won't matter much to transfer speeds.

Are you running Virtual Machines? Or bare metal? Though really the steps will be the same...ensure you have decent networking equipment and run a RAID that increases performance. Some types of VM can be helped a little via some configuration though.
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Unless you have a crazy amount of users...CPU speed and power won't matter much to transfer speeds.

Are you running Virtual Machines? Or bare metal? Though really the steps will be the same...ensure you have decent networking equipment and run a RAID that increases performance. Some types of VM can be helped a little via some configuration though.

yes I do run some VMs on my main and I think that is what is killing my usage but some other servers are cron based and only share a network folder. right now there are only 5 users setup.
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