what do cores in pc processors mean?

#1 Edited by TheGamerFix (255 posts) -

does the number of cores in a cpu mean it has say 4 processors in a quad core processor, say for example AMD Phenom II X4 955 (4x3.2 GHz) does this mean it has 4 processors which each do 3.2 GHz or is the combined total of all four processors 3.2 GHz?

#2 Posted by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

It means four processors (processor "dies") running at 3.2ghz each.

#3 Edited by Zidd (1913 posts) -

@AndrewB said:

It means four processors (processor "dies") running at 3.2ghz each.

This does NOT mean you have a processor that runs at 12.8Ghz. Some people think like that.

#4 Posted by moonpix (87 posts) -
#5 Posted by Droop (1924 posts) -

Either way you get hamburgers.

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