Processors Vs. Cores Task Manager lists more processors then Intel lists cores
Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:04 AM
On another laptop I view System Monitor (Linux base) and it lists 4 separate processors although it has 'Intel Core i5-2520M CPU @2.50GHz' which also is listed as 2 core.
Cores should equal processors and threads are not counted as processors in System Monitor (Linux) or Task Manager (Windows). What am I missing????
Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:01 AM
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:14 PM
The CPU's now are reported to the OS with a "package", "core", and "thread" count. Your i5 for example, has 1 package, 2 cores, and 4 threads. Windows 8 will now load balance against threads 1, and 3 first, then 2, and 4 in high performance modes, and is supposed to load balance 1 and 2 then 3 and 4 in battery saving modes. Upcoming Haswell chips from Intel will likely confuse this even further, as they are introducing even more shared execution resources.
The end result, is ignore what Windows Task Manager, or Linux is telling you. Use CPU-Z to see the details of your CPU.