You might have heard that Intel and AMD annnounced new computer processors (CPUs) with 28 and 32 cores, respectively, at the Computex even in Taipei.
You might have even compared them to the number of cores in your own computer’s specs, and seen the measly single-digit core count of your own CPU — like quad-core (four cores) — which could make you think it’s time for a new computer.
But don’t worry, your CPU is probably fine, unless it’s old and starting to become sluggish. Those new Intel and AMD CPUs, with their outrageous numbers of cores aren’t really designed for you, the regular computer user, who only browses the web, plays games, and maybe uses Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Even if you’re looking to buy a new computer, you shouldn’t be waiting for these new highly-cored CPUs.
Here’s what CPU cores are all about, and what Intel and AMD’s new CPUs with literally dozens of cores are for:
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More “cores” means you can do a lot more on a computer without slowing down.
The more cores a computer processor has, the more things it can do simultaneously and quickly, like running multiple apps at the same time.
You can think of it like a company. A single core represents a single employee, which would be fine if the workload is pretty low. But that single employee’s speed and efficiency would dramatically reduce when the workload started to get heavy.
Having multiple cores is like having multiple employees who can handle multiple workloads and get things done faster and more efficiently.
Or you can do one heavy duty task a lot faster.
Having a CPU with more cores is also helpful when you’re doing one single task that’s particularly heavy duty. Editing and rendering videos is a good example of a heavy duty task that benefits from multiple CPU cores.
CPUs start getting expensive after eight cores, at which point they only become worthwhile to professionals.
Regular consumer-grade CPUs cost between $100 and $450, and come with anywhere from two to eight cores. These more conventional CPUs can easily handle basic tasks like web browsing, all the way to lightweight photo and video editing.
Once you go above the eight-core count, CPUs start getting significantly more powerful — and more expensive. Intel’s i9-series of CPUs start with 10 cores at …read more
Source:: Business Insider