Core issues

Keeping your cores straight isn’t easy these days.  Here’s a quick cheat sheet.

CUDA core – Not a core

Shader multiprocessor – Might be a core

Stream processor – Not a core

SIMD engine – Kind of a core

Turbo Core – Neither a core nor a turbo

Turbo Boost – Not a turbo, but a boost

Core Duo – Two cores

Core 2 – Also two cores

Core 2 Quad – Four cores

Core i3 – Two cores

Core i5 – Two or four cores

Core i7 – Four or six cores

Core microarchitecture – Not a core, but includes multiple cores and microarchitectures

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    • kllonsmaloni
    • 9 years ago
    • FireGryphon
    • 10 years ago

    All of these names and terms together create a /[

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    LOL. Very good geek humor there.

    • bjm
    • 10 years ago

    Donut – Missing a core.
    Donut Hole – The core.


      • flip-mode
      • 10 years ago

      Should be called “Donut Core”

      • jabro
      • 10 years ago

      ha ha ha ha ….

    • Dposcorp
    • 10 years ago

    As my brother Ben likes to say about his AMD 720 which he unlocked to a full quad, “Four Cores and 7 overclocks ago, our cpu forefathers…………”

      • flip-mode
      • 10 years ago

      LOL, that’s good.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    Can you make a post just like this that quickly explains intel’s codenames? I get my clarkdale’s and clarkfields all mixed up all the time. Gulftown? Westmere? All messed up…

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      Westmere = 32nm, tweaked Nehalem architecture.

      Clarkdale = dual-core, Westmere-based, has intergrated PCIe controller + graphics.

      Arrandale = dual-core, Westmere-based, has intergrated PCIe controller + graphics, geared for mobile market.

      Gulftown = six-core, Westmere-based.

      Clarkfield = quad-core, Lynnfield-based (45nm), geared for mobile market.

    • alphacheez
    • 10 years ago

    Core 2 isn’t even necessarily 2 cores due to the Core 2 Solo

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