Systems with multi-processors, once found only on servers and other extreme high end performance systems, have found there way into the general consumer arena. The percentage of systems running PC Pitstop’s on-line diagnostics and having multiprocessors grew from just over 1% in January 2006 to almost 30% in January 2008. The percentage of portables that have multi-processors has reached almost 40% in January 2008. A comparison of Intel to AMD shows AMD with a slight edge in both desktops and portable platforms as a percentage of their respective number of system with multi-processors. However, as shown by our monthly CPU analysis , Intel still leads AMD with approximately 64% and 78% of total desktops and total portables respectively, in January 2008.
See Rob’s Dual Core Doldrums article for this month as he explains his coming to realization concerning the performance of his dual core system. Also, see Steve Hogan’s Dual Core Double Delicious
article as he shares his views on dual core performance expectations and realizations.
Percentages of All PCs by Number of Processors
Percentages of System with Multi-processors
CPU Manufacturers’ Percentage of Desktops with Multi-processor by Mfg.
CPU Manufacturers’ Percentage of Portables with Multi-processors by Mfg.
Intel Dual Core Family – Prevalence Trends
AMD Dual Core Family – Prevalence Trends.
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