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      08-17-2007
"TechGuru" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>> Bad Disciple

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> are u in winnipeg?


Apparently no. Do you mean the town in Manitoba, Canada?
Or is this a forum too?
Why? I'm in Europe, Belgium.




 
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      08-17-2007
"babaloo" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> You have to understand that to some degree multi core processing is
> actually more hype than technical advantage because of software
> limitations.
> Quad cores are faster than equivalent dual cores, at least on test
> benches, because they have a massive amount of cache, 8mb of ultrafast
> ram, available to any of the cores on the cpu dye itself.
> A few programs, like Photoshop, have processes that can run on more than
> one core at a time, but not the entire program. The programs you are
> considering are stuctured similarly. There are serious technical
> difficulties to programming for multiple cores such that complete meltdown
> is the more frequent result than faster processing. In the real world only
> a limited number of tasks lend themselves to multicore processing given
> the current state of progamming and compilers.
> Windows XP and Vista are compatible with dual and quad cores. The ability
> to use more than one core supersedes the meaningless hype about
> hyperthreading, which was a marketing ploy and not a real technical
> advantage. XP/Vista can assign processes and programs to different cores,
> which is of less than is generally thought, benefit for multitasking. In
> the real world it means is that if you try to run two (forget about three)
> CPU intensive programs at the same time your computer should slow down
> less and be less likely to freeze with a multi core processor.
> Windows, like all OSes, has difficulty, and physical limits, tracking what
> is being done when multiple complex tasks are being performed
> simultaneously. This is independent of the amount of physical RAM you have
> or the number of processors.
> The hardware is generations ahead of the software. What looks good on a
> test bench often has little practical benefit for most real world
> computing tasks.


Yeah, thanks for your feedback.

Hmm... I presumed that most important software makers will not be late to
make updates/upgrades in their softwares and that in 6-8 months we could be
in a better reality related to Multicore processors. Is this an illusion
then?

I just came back from the Steinberg's Cubase site. It says that "Cubase SX3
supports Extended Multiprocessing and is tweaked to take advantage of the
added power provided by systems with more than two processors, including
the latest DualCore processors from AMD and Intel". But this still doesn't
mean it will take advantage of the Quad Core. So, I've put the question in
Cubase related forums and I wait. So, my dilemma to chose between Cores
Duo E6850 and Quad Q6600 remains, but it's also strange that the Quad
has even slightly lower price than the Duo(!?).

About Windows XP/Vista should we deduce that it is Multicore compatible
just in a way that there might be less freeze ups? And should we definitely
consider that all OSes suck when it comes to multitasking?... What about
Mac fans who thump their chest saying that nothing can beat a Mac?
Saying that hardware is generations ahead of the software, isn't it all
about
thinking? Or thinking of hardware is simpler than thinking of the software
to match it?

Well... I often like saying that computing is still in its baby-age... ain't
it?

Fresh air!

Bad Disciple
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      08-17-2007
LOL...your half way across the world...

Bad Disciple wrote:
> "TechGuru" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:j69xi.63336$_d2.34835@pd7urf3no...
>>> Bad Disciple

>> are u in winnipeg?

>
> Apparently no. Do you mean the town in Manitoba, Canada?
> Or is this a forum too?
> Why? I'm in Europe, Belgium.
>
>
>
>

 
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