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You guys are essentially saying the same thing. The one physical core is split between a "real" and a virtual core so that multiple processes are handled better. Although one processes will only show up to 50 percent CPU usage (multi-theaded processes excluded), if just one significant process is running, it utilizes far more than 50 percent of the CPU's actual capacity when HT is enabled.
Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker
Well, to the best of my knowledge, there isn't one real and one simlulated core, it's one core that is split up.