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01-16-2020 at 08:10 PM
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Macro photography: AMD Ryzen 12 core


This is the back of my AMD Ryzen Threadripper 12 core / 24 thread CPU. This thing is heavy!

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  1. Barthax's Avatar

    The number of cores is not a factor of 2. :P Reminds me of this article back in 2006 when processors seems to only be 1, 2 or 4 cores (three core processors were actually 4 core processors with a dud one disabled): https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/1839688/intel-predicts-100-core-processors

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    Hey Barthax. I am not sure what you mean. This particular processor has 12 cores (active, perhaps more were manufactured but they didn't make the grade and are disabled). The processor uses multi-threading so to the OS it appears there are 24 processors.

    When idle, this computer is processing data as part of the MilkyWay@home project. CPU maxed, GPU maxed. This new computer processes more data than my three older computers combined.

  3. Barthax's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by datagod

    Hey Barthax. I am not sure what you mean. This particular processor has 12 cores (active, perhaps more were manufactured but they didn't make the grade and are disabled). The processor uses multi-threading so to the OS it appears there are 24 processors.

    When idle, this computer is processing data as part of the MilkyWay@home project. CPU maxed, GPU maxed. This new computer processes more data than my three older computers combined.

    It's just way back when "everyone" "only had" 4 cores at most and all PC multi-processor designs were factors of 2 (2 & 4 available and 8-core was being touted!)... Seeing a non-factor of 2 reminds of back then reading about that 100 core processor from Intel and my first reaction being "but it's not a factor of 2, how will the binary algorithms cope!" :P
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    Oh! yeah now I know what you mean. The next couple of years will be crazy with the number of cores they are squeezing on their dies. I'll be happy with this 12 core for the next 4 years at least. By then the medium priced CPU's will likely have 32 or 64.


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    I've just found my old upgrade blog post: a budget Triple-core AMD back in 2011 with 2GB RAM: https://www.twingalaxies.com/showthread.php/119167-Nothing-to-see-here-move-along?p=719072&viewfull=1#post719072 . It's had a RAM upgrade since then to 8GB but that's the limit of the motherboard (budgeting decision meant the board had four RAM slots, two old to take my old 2GB and two new to take replacements when I could afford it).

    I have a laptop as well now which is better than that in specifications but the laptop is for gaming - the old Triple-core is still the workhorse, on all the time with a regular workload of projects. Alas, that motherboard now has two defunct SATA sockets of it's four available & I'm running three USB 3 HDD caddies on its poorly USB 2 interface (didn't think I'd need USB 3 at the time of purchase with USB 3 being far too new for me to bother thinking about!).

    Need to fix the roof before I look at another upgrade though. Priorities...

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