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Hey there, I hope somebody can finally explain this to me; I'm confused. I purchased my PC a couple of months ago, (I know, don't flame me for purchasing a pre-built one, I plan on building my own one soon ) and it has two processors... Intel Xeon 3.06ghz.

After checking inside my PC and checking Speccy, it appears that I have two processors, both 3.06ghz... What I'm wondering is how this works differently to cores? Ugh, I know, I haven't worded it very well, but basically, I'm wondering what's different between having two processors and having one processor with two cores?

I think that's all I wish to ask... not sure. I may have another question in a minute Thank you.
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post #2 of 18
Can you download CPU-Z and post up the tabs in there for us

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I have no clue in respect to gaming or running regular applications...
But at work we use VMware and having two Xeons just means more cores to apply to virtual machines... in other words 2 Xeons with 4 core each means 8 total cores to dedicate to 8 different virtual machines....

Not sure what other bonuses would be, or if any to be honest....
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I don't think there really is a difference except that a dual core processor has two cores just in one chip.


edit. also depends how many cores each one or your processors have.
Edited by mike1622 - 4/22/11 at 5:29pm
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post #5 of 18
You guys are misunderstanding.

He is asking this.
What is the difference between the following:
2 CPUs, one core each
1 CPU, two cores
post #6 of 18
There is one proccessor but 2 cores in it. Which would mean 2x 3.02ghz. But it doesn't actually mean 6.04ghz it still equals to 3.02ghz. Whatever the frequency was.
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http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27278


looked it up basically your two processors only have one core each so you could just compare it to a computer with a dual core processor.
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There really is no difference.

The 2 CPU one is more expensive but COULD have better performance
You also get boasting rights, although Opterons are usually bad for gaming(if that's what you do)

The 1 CPU usually is cheaper but limited to the performance of one. You can still get great performance (don't get me wrong)

There really is no big difference.
However, take your case apart and look inside just to make sure that you have 2 cpu's and not just a software error.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post
Can you download CPU-Z and post up the tabs in there for us

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I think you mean this part?
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Intel Xeon
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition SP1 (Build 7601)
CPU Arch : 2 CPU - 1 Cores - 1 Threads
CPU PSN : Intel Xeon CPU 3.06GHz
CPU EXT : MMX, SSE (1, 2)
CPUID : F.2.9 / Extended : F.2
CPU Cache : L1 : 12 / 8 KB - L2 : 512 KB
Core : Prestonia (0.130) / Stepping : D1
Freq : 3057.17 MHz (132.91 * 23)


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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
You guys are misunderstanding.

He is asking this.
What is the difference between the following:
2 CPUs, one core each
1 CPU, two cores
Yeah

Quote:
Originally Posted by Socks keep you warm View Post
There is one proccessor but 2 cores in it. Which would mean 2x 3.02ghz. But it doesn't actually mean 6.04ghz it still equals to 3.02ghz. Whatever the frequency was.
Uhm, sorry, I'm confused at what you mean :X

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Originally Posted by max it View Post
There really is no difference.

The 2 CPU one is more expensive but COULD have better performance
You also get boasting rights, although Opterons are usually bad for gaming(if that's what you do)

The 1 CPU usually is cheaper but limited to the performance of one. You can still get great performance (don't get me wrong)

There really is no big difference.
However, take your case apart and look inside just to make sure that you have 2 cpu's and not just a software error.
Hmm, okay... and I have looked inside, I have two processors and after checking in Speccy, it says they both have 1 core each.

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post #10 of 18
Yep, in the beginning, processors were only single core, and to get more than one core, you needed 2 processor chips. Now these cores (up to 6 or 8 of them) reside on one chip, so you get the same effect as having 2 (or more) chips, built into one.

I have a server with a pair of socket 603 chips, and those are the old Intel Netburst architecture, just like the S604 ones you have. Netburst sucked by the way, it went for crazy clock speeds but they were very poor chips.
Your equivalent in more modern chips is something like a 2 to 2.5GHz Core2Duo, in terms of raw power.
Edited by allikat - 4/22/11 at 5:41pm
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