What Are Hexadeca Core, Tetradeca Core, Dodeca Core, Deca Core, Octa Core, Hexa Core, Quad Core, And Dual Core Processors

What Are Octa Core Hexa Core Quad Core And Dual Core ProcessorsWhat Are Octa Core Hexa Core Quad Core And Dual Core Processors

Whether you use a modern computer or a smartphone, your device likely has a processor with multiple cores. The processor is the brain of the device which performs the tasks instructed by the various software.

With evolving technology, tiny processors are becoming smaller in size and better in terms of performance. Not only that, but they now include more and more processing cores.

The most modern processors now have up to 24 physical cores (that are publically available), whereas according to rumors, AMD is currently working on processors having 256 cores each!

If you are confused about the difference between a processor and a core, or having trouble selecting a processor for your new build and cannot decide how many cores it ought to have, then this is the article for you.

Let us dig into the details of the different types of processor cores and their differences.

What is a Processor

A processor
A processor

A processor, also referred to as a Central Processing Unit (CPU), is a computing engine inside a device. In layman’s terms, it is the brain of the computer. It provides the processing power for the tasks to achieve them.

A processor is a miniature, logical circuit that performs the tasks delivered by different software. It is not necessary that a processor may have the same form factor as in the image above. For example, a mobile device’s processor may look something entirely different.

Initially, a processor was only designed with a single “core.” Over time, additional technologies were developed to improve its performance, including the following:

  • Multiple Cores: Processor manufacturers, such as Intel and AMD, started to include multiple cores into a single silicon chip (a processor). This enabled each core to receive and perform individual tasks, simultaneously.
  • Hyper-Threading: Hyper-threading, a technological term by Intel, is a core’s ability to receive and process 2 individual tasks simultaneously, virtually splitting a single core into two.
  • Clock Speed: Each processor has a clock speed. This is the number at which a processor processes a stream of data. The greater the clock speed, the faster a processor will be, increasing the system’s performance. Clock speeds range from a few MegaHertz to several GigaHertz.

Some advanced systems have multiple processors embedded in them, each of them having multiple cores as well. this is done to maximize productivity and performance.

What is a Processor Core

Multiple dual-core processors
Multiple dual-core processors

A processing core is a component that reads instructions and carries them out inside a processor. Most modern-day processors include multiple cores.

The commonly-available processors today can have cores anywhere between 2 and 24. The more cores, the merrier.

Each core can handle a different thread of data and process them at the same time. This results in faster loading times, less lag, and a greater overall user experience.

A core functions on the following 4 principles, which is known as the “instruction cycle“:

  • Fetch: The processor core retrieves the awaiting instructions, typically from some type of memory.
  • Decode: Each component of the fetched data has a feature known as an “opcode” that instructs the processor core what to do with the data that follows it. The various parts of the processor core can then begin working once the core has worked everything out.
  • Execute: The processor now knows what needs to be done and actually performs the task at hand.
  • Writeback: At this stage, the core moves the processed data back to where it should go.

All of this is done in one instruction cycle. Now imagine a ridiculously-fast core with extreme clock rates, and the processor has multiple cores to handle multiple threads at the same time. It would result in an absurd amount of data being processed in the blink of an eye.

What is a Multi-Core Processor

A quad-core processor
A quad-core processor

“Multi” stands for more than one. A processor having more than one core will be considered a multi-core processor.

When a processor has multiple cores integrated into the chipset, they are usually designed differently. For example, an octa-core processor may have 4 e-cores, which are the low-powered cores designed to handle less critical tasks, and the other 4 would be p-cores, which are performance cores, designed to handle power-intensive tasks.

Hexadeca Core Processor

The hexadeca-core processors have 16 cores embedded in the silicon chipset.

Below are the recent currently-available hexadeca-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
3950XAMDRyzen 925 November 20193.5 GHz
i9-9960XIntelCore i9November 20183.1 GHz
i7-13700KIntelCore i720 October 20222.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
i7-13700KFIntelCore i720 October 20222.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
PRO 5955WXAMDRyzen Threadripper8 March 20224 GHz
i9-12900KIntelCore i94 November 20213.2 GHz
i9-12900KFIntelCore i94 November 20213.2 GHz
73F3AMDEPYC15 March 20213.5 GHz
7313PAMDEPYC15 March 20213 GHz
7313AMDEPYC15 March 20213 GHz
AL73400Annapurna LabsAlpine27 November 20182 GHz
CN9960CaviumThunderX27 May 20181.6 GHz 1.8 GHz 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
FT-1500A/16PhytiumFeiTeng26 July 20161.5 GHz
Hi1610HiSilicon ARM HoldingsHi16xx20152.1 GHz
CN5860-1000 EXPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20071 GHz
CN5860-1000 NSPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20071 GHz
CN5860-600 SCPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.6 GHz
CN5860-800 EXPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.8 GHz
CN5860-900 EXPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.9 GHz
CN5860-600 EXPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.6 GHz
CN5860-900 NSPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.9 GHz
CN5860-900 SCPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.9 GHz
CN5860-600 NSPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.6 GHz
CN5860-800 SCPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.8 GHz
Hexadeca-core processor models

Tetradeca Core Processor

The tetradeca-core processors have 14 cores embedded in the silicon chipset.

Below are the recent currently-available tetradeca-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
i5-13600KFIntelCore i520 October 20222.6 GHz, 3.5 GHz
i5-13600KIntelCore i520 October 20222.6 GHz, 3.5 GHz
i9-9990XEIntelCore i93 January 20194 GHz
i9-9940XIntelCore i9November 20183.3 GHz
D-2177NTIntelXeon D7 February 20181.9 GHz
D-2173ITIntelXeon D7 February 20181.7 GHz
W-2170BIntelXeon W21 December 20172.5 GHz
i9-7940XIntelCore i925 September 20173.1 GHz
W-2175IntelXeon W29 August 20172.5 GHz
5117IntelXeon Gold11 July 20172 GHz
5119TIntelXeon Gold11 July 20171.9 GHz
5117FIntelXeon Gold11 July 20172 GHz
5120IntelXeon Gold11 July 20172.2 GHz
5120TIntelXeon Gold11 July 20172.2 GHz
6132IntelXeon Gold11 July 20172.6 GHz
E5-2660 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20162 GHz
E5-2650L v4IntelXeon E520 June 20161.7 GHz
E5-2670 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20163.1 GHz
E5-2658 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20162.3 GHz
E5-2680 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20162.4 GHz
E5-4628L v4IntelXeon E520 June 20161.8 GHz
E5-2690 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20162.6 GHz
E5-4650 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20162.2 GHz
E5-2648L v4IntelXeon E520 June 20161.8 GHz
Tetradeca-core processor models

Dodeca Core Processor

The dodeca-core processors have 12 cores embedded in the silicon chipset.

Below are the recent currently-available dodeca-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
i9-7920XIntelCore i928 August 20172.9 GHz
i9-9920XIntelCore i9November 20183.5 GHz
PRO 5945WXAMDRyzen Threadripper8 March 20224.1 GHz
i7-12700KIntelCore i74 November 20213.6 GHz
i7-12700KFIntelCore i74 November 20213.6 GHz
5900AMDRyzen 912 January 20213 GHz
5900XAMDRyzen 95 November 20203.7 GHz
PRO 3945WXAMDRyzen Threadripper14 July 20204 GHz
3900XTAMDRyzen 97 July 20203.8 GHz
4214RIntelXeon Silver24 February 20202.4 GHz
fsd chipTesla10 March 20192.2 GHz
CN5750-900 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.9 GHz
CN5750-1000 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20071 GHz
CN5750-900 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.9 GHz
CN5750-1000 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20071 GHz
CN5750-800 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.8 GHz
CN5750-600 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.6 GHz
CN5750-600 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.6 GHz
CN5750-800 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.8 GHz
CN5850-600 NSPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.6 GHz
CN5850-900 NSPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.9 GHz
Dodeca-core processor models

Deca Core Processor

A deca-core processor has 10 cores, or 10 physical CPUs, integrated into the chipset.

The most talked-about deca-core processor is MediaTek’s Helios X20 since it was one of the early birds. Below are the recent currently-available deca-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
W-2150BIntelXeon W21 December 20173 GHz
i9-9820XIntelCore i9November 20183.3 GHz
i9-9900XIntelCore i9November 20183.5 GHz
i5-12600KFIntelCore i54 November 20213.7 GHz
i5-12600KIntelCore i54 November 20213.7 GHz
4210RIntelXeon Silver24 February 20202.4 GHz
5215LIntelXeon Gold2 April 20192.5 GHz
5215MIntelXeon Gold2 April 20192.5 GHz
5215IntelXeon Gold2 April 20192.5 GHz
4210IntelXeon Silver2 April 20192.2 GHz
Helio X30MediaTek ARM HoldingsHelio27 February 20172.5 GHz, 2.2 GHz, 1.9 GHz
Helio X27MediaTek ARM HoldingsHelio2 December 20162.6 GHz, 2 GHz, 1.6 GHz
Helio X23MediaTek ARM HoldingsHelio2 December 20162.3 GHz, 1.85 GHz, 1.4 GHz
Helio X20 MMediaTek ARM HoldingsHelio16 March 20162 GHz, 1.85 GHz, 1.4 GHz
Helio X20MediaTek ARM HoldingsHelio16 March 20161.85 GHz, 1.4 GHz, 2.1 GHz
Helio X25ARM Holdings MediaTekHelio16 March 20162.5 GHz, 2 GHz, 1.55 GHz
CN5745-900 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.9 GHz
CN5745-600 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.6 GHz
CN5745-800 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.8 GHz
CN5745-900 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.9 GHz
CN5745-1000 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20071 GHz
CN5745-1000 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20071 GHz
CN5745-600 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.6 GHz
CN5745-800 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.8 GHz
Deca-core processor models

Octa Core Processor

Octa means eight. All processors that have 8 cores fall into this category. Usually, octa-core processors are made up of two sets of quad-core setups. This allows them to process the data rather quickly by receiving it through separate threads.

Below is a list of the recent currently-available deca-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
2700AMDRyzen 719 April 20183.2 GHz
PRO 1700AMDRyzen 73 GHz
W-2140BIntelXeon W21 December 20173.2 GHz
PRO 1700XAMDRyzen 73.4 GHz
i7-9800XIntelCore i7November 20183.8 GHz
PRO 5750GAMDRyzen 71 June 20213.8 GHz
PRO 5750GEAMDRyzen 71 June 20213.2 GHz
5700GEAMDRyzen 713 April 20213.2 GHz
5700GAMDRyzen 713 April 20213.8 GHz
4980UAMDRyzen 713 April 20212 GHz
S2Xiaomi ARM HoldingsSurge
Baikal-MARM Holdings20172 GHz
SDM865Qualcomm ARM HoldingsSnapdragon 800March 20202.42 GHz, 2.84 GHz, 2.11 GHz
8cxQualcomm ARM HoldingsSnapdragon 800March 20191.8 GHz, 2.84 GHz, 3.02 GHz
990 4GHiSilicon ARM HoldingsKirin6 September 20192.86 GHz, 1.86 GHz, 2.088 GHz
1000LMediaTekDimensity20202.2 GHz, 2 GHz
S1Xiaomi ARM HoldingsSurge1.4 GHz, 2.2 GHz
9610Samsung ARM HoldingsExynosOctober 20182.3 GHz, 1.7 GHz
SM6125Qualcomm ARM HoldingsSnapdragon 6009 April 20191.8 GHz, 4.5 GHz
980HiSilicon ARM HoldingsKirin31 August 20182.6 GHz, 1.92 GHz, 1.8 GHz
CN5740-1000 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20071 GHz
CN5740-900 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.9 GHz
CN5740-900 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.9 GHz
CN5740-600 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.6 GHz
CN5740-800 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.8 GHz
CN5740-1000 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20071 GHz
CN5740-600 SSPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.6 GHz
CN5740-800 SPCaviumOCTEON PlusAugust 20070.8 GHz
CN5840-600 NSPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20070.6 GHz
CN5840-1000 SCPCaviumOCTEON PlusFebruary 20071 GHz
Octa-core processor models

Hexa Core Processor

Hexa-core processors have 6 physical cores that work in conjecture to process the data stream as quickly as possible.

Below is a list of the recent currently-available hexa-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
3500XAMDRyzen 53.6 GHz
W-2135IntelXeon W29 August 20173.7 GHz
1600AMDRyzen 511 April 20173.2 GHz
i7-8670TIntelCore i7
i5-8420IntelCore i5
2600XAMDRyzen 519 April 20183.6 GHz
i5-8550IntelCore i5
2600AMDRyzen 519 April 20183.4 GHz
i5-8420TIntelCore i5
i5-8650IntelCore i5
PRO 1600AMDRyzen 53.2 GHz
i5-8650KIntelCore i5
i7-8670IntelCore i7
PRO 5650GAMDRyzen 51 June 20213.9 GHz
PRO 5650GEAMDRyzen 51 June 20213.4 GHz
5600GEAMDRyzen 513 April 20213.4 GHz
5600GAMDRyzen 513 April 20213.9 GHz
4680UAMDRyzen 513 April 20212.1 GHz
PRO 5650UAMDRyzen 516 March 20212.3 GHz
5600HAMDRyzen 512 January 20213.3 GHz
5600UAMDRyzen 512 January 20212.3 GHz
5500UAMDRyzen 512 January 20212.1 GHz
5600HSAMDRyzen 512 January 20213 GHz
V2516AMDRyzen Embedded10 November 20202.1 GHz
V2546AMDRyzen Embedded10 November 20203 GHz
5600XAMDRyzen 55 November 20203.7 GHz
A14 BionicAppleAxOctober 2020
PRO 4650GEAMDRyzen 521 July 20203.3 GHz
PRO 4650GAMDRyzen 521 July 20203.7 GHz
4600GEAMDRyzen 521 July 20203.3 GHz
4600GAMDRyzen 521 July 20203.7 GHz
3600XTAMDRyzen 57 July 20203.8 GHz
PRO 4650UAMDRyzen 57 May 20202.1 GHz
4600HSAMDRyzen 516 March 20203 GHz
4600HAMDRyzen 56 January 20203 GHz
4600UAMDRyzen 56 January 20202.1 GHz
4500UAMDRyzen 56 January 20202.3 GHz
PRO 3600AMDRyzen 530 September 20193.6 GHz
A13 BionicAppleAx20 September 2019
3600AMDRyzen 57 July 20193.6 GHz
3600XAMDRyzen 57 July 20193.8 GHz
E-2246GIntelXeon E27 May 20193.6 GHz
E-2276GIntelXeon E27 May 20193.8 GHz
E-2286GIntelXeon E27 May 20194 GHz
E-2226GIntelXeon E27 May 20193.4 GHz
E-2276MIntelXeon E27 May 20192.8 GHz
E-2236IntelXeon E27 May 20193.4 GHz
i5-9500FIntelCore i523 April 20193 GHz
i5-9500TIntelCore i523 April 20192.2 GHz
i5-9400TIntelCore i523 April 20191.8 GHz
i5-9500IntelCore i523 April 20193 GHz
i7-9750HIntelCore i723 April 20192.6 GHz
i5-9600IntelCore i523 April 20193.1 GHz
i7-9850HIntelCore i723 April 20192.6 GHz
D-1633NIntelXeon D2 April 20192.5 GHz
D-1637IntelXeon D2 April 20192.9 GHz
3204IntelXeon Bronze2 April 20191.9 GHz
i5-9400IntelCore i57 January 20192.9 GHz
i5-9400FIntelCore i57 January 20192.9 GHz
i5-9600KFIntelCore i57 January 20193.7 GHz
i5-9600KIntelCore i519 October 20183.7 GHz
A12 BionicAppleAx21 September 2018
2600EAMDRyzen 510 September 20183.1 GHz
PRO 2600AMDRyzen 56 September 20183.4 GHz
E-2176GIntelXeon E12 July 20183.7 GHz
E-2146GIntelXeon E12 July 20183.5 GHz
E-2186GIntelXeon E12 July 20183.8 GHz
E-2126GIntelXeon E12 July 20183.3 GHz
E-2136IntelXeon E12 July 20183.3 GHz
i7-8086KIntelCore i78 June 20184 GHz
E-2186MIntelXeon E2 April 20182.9 GHz
i9-8950HKIntelCore i92 April 20182.9 GHz
i5-8500TIntelCore i52 April 20182.1 GHz
i7-8750HIntelCore i72 April 20182.2 GHz
i7-8700BIntelCore i72 April 20183.2 GHz
i5-8600IntelCore i52 April 20183.1 GHz
i7-8700TIntelCore i72 April 20182.4 GHz
i5-8500IntelCore i52 April 20183 GHz
i5-8400TIntelCore i52 April 20181.7 GHz
E-2176MIntelXeon E2 April 20182.7 GHz
i7-8850HIntelCore i72 April 20182.6 GHz
i5-8500BIntelCore i52 April 20183 GHz
i5-8600TIntelCore i52 April 20182.3 GHz
i5-8400BIntelCore i52 April 20182.8 GHz
7872Samsung ARM HoldingsExynos17 January 20182 GHz, 1.5 GHz
i7-8700KIntelCore i75 October 20173.7 GHz
i7-8700IntelCore i75 October 20173.2 GHz
i5-8600KIntelCore i55 October 20173.6 GHz
i5-8400IntelCore i55 October 20172.8 GHz
A11 BionicAppleAx22 September 2017
W-2133IntelXeon W29 August 20173.6 GHz
6128IntelXeon Gold11 July 20173.4 GHz
3104IntelXeon Bronze11 July 20171.7 GHz
D-1533NIntelXeon DJuly 20172.1 GHz
i7-7800XIntelCore i726 June 20173.5 GHz
A10X FusionAppleAx13 June 2017
1600XAMDRyzen 511 April 20173.6 GHz
E5-1650 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20163.6 GHz
E5-2643 v4IntelXeon E520 June 20163.4 GHz
Hexa-core processor models

Quad Core Processor

A quad-core processor has 4 cores inside of it. Each of those cores functions independently to process a data string.

Below is a list of the recent currently-available quad-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
i3-8020TIntelCore i3
i7-8550UIntelCore i721 August 20171.8 GHz
W-2104IntelXeon W29 August 20173.2 GHz
i3-8320IntelCore i33.8 GHz
i5-8365UIntelCore i516 April 20191.6 GHz
i7-8709GIntelCore i77 January 20183.1 GHz
i3-9000TIntelCore i33.2 GHz
i7-8650UIntelCore i721 August 20171.9 GHz
i3-8320TIntelCore i3
i5-8305GIntelCore i57 January 20182.8 GHz
i3-9000IntelCore i33.7 GHz
i3-8120IntelCore i33.7 GHz
i5-8250UIntelCore i521 August 20171.6 GHz
i5-8350UIntelCore i521 August 20171.7 GHz
PRO 1300AMDRyzen 33.5 GHz
i7-8706GIntelCore i77 January 20183.1 GHz
i3-8120TIntelCore i33.2 GHz
1400AMDRyzen 511 April 20173.2 GHz
i3-8020IntelCore i3
i5-8265UIntelCore i528 August 20181.6 GHz
W-2102IntelXeon W29 August 20172.9 GHz
PRO 1200AMDRyzen 33.1 GHz
1500XAMDRyzen 511 April 20173.5 GHz
i7-8705GIntelCore i77 January 20183.1 GHz
PRO 5350GAMDRyzen 31 June 20214 GHz
Quad-core processor models

Dual Core Processor

As the name suggests, dual-core processors have a total of 2 physical cores. This technology is somewhat outdated and may only be found in older computers.

Below is a list of the currently-available dual-core processors in the market:

ModelManufacturerFamilyLaunchedFrequency
i3-7120TIntelCore i33.5 GHz
i5-7210UIntelCore i52.5 GHz
i3-7320TIntelCore i33.6 GHz
i3-7110UIntelCore i32.6 GHz
i3-7340IntelCore i34.2 GHz
3965YIntelCeleron1.3 GHz
i3-7007UIntelCore i32.1 GHz
i3-7310UIntelCore i32.7 GHz
M3-8114YIntelCore M31.5 GHz
i3-7120IntelCore i34 GHz
9110Samsung, ARM HoldingsExynos9 August 2018
7270Samsung, ARM HoldingsExynosNovember 20161 GHz
V2HRenesas, ARM HoldingsR-CarOctober 20161 GHz
a9AppleAx25 September 20151.85 GHz
a7AppleAx20 September 20131.4 GHz
a6AppleAx21 September 20121.3 GHz
M1ARenesas, ARM HoldingsR-CarJune 20120.8 GHz
5250Samsung, ARM HoldingsExynos30 November 20111.7 GHz
4212Samsung, ARM HoldingsExynos29 September 20111.5 GHz
4210Samsung, ARM HoldingsExynos17 June 20111.4 GHz
Baikal-T1Baikal Electronics, Imagination TechnologiesFebruary 20161.2 GHz
CN3120-400 EXPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.4 GHz
CN3120-550 NSPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.55 GHz
CN3120-400 SCPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.4 GHz
CN3120-300 NSPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.3 GHz
CN3120-500 CPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.5 GHz
CN3120-500 SCPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.5 GHz
CN3120-550 EXPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.55 GHz
CN3120-500 NSPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.5 GHz
CN3120-300 SCPCaviumOCTEON1 May 20060.3 GHz
Dual-core processor models

Multi-Core Processor Considerations

When selecting a computer or even an individual processor, there are a few considerations that you need to make before investing your money in it.

Type of Work

The first and most important consideration to make is what type of work you’ll be performing atop the processor. Will it be CPU-intensive, like graphic designing and image rendering, or will you only use it to edit your daily files or folders?

If you plan on using it for day-to-day tasks, like editing an Excel sheet, then a dual or quad-core processor with a good clock speed may do the trick. However, if you are looking to play graphics-intensive games on the computer, then you may want to have an octa or deca-core processor.

Power Consumption

Another significant factor that should impact your decision is power consumption. Will be mostly on the go and not have frequent access to a power outlet, or do you plan on being always plugged in?

If you want your laptop’s or phone’s battery to last longer, then you may want to choose a device with fewer cores, as the more cores there are, the faster your battery will drain.

At this point, you may also want to glance at the core types. Are they all P-cores, or are their low-powered cores available on the chipset as well?

Heat Dissipation

The hat dissipation of a device is often overlooked. You need to make sure that your device will dissipate the heat as quickly as it generates it.

More processing cores working in conjecture will mean more heat is produced. Therefore, you must be prepared to compensate for the extensive heat with cooling fans, liquid-cooled radiators, or other means.

If you choose a dual or quad-core processor, then heat management would be easier and more cost-effective.

Multitasking

Do you plan on running 10 or more applications at the same time? If so, then you must go for the deca-core processors. The more cores there are, the more data threads your processor could handle simultaneously.

This, in turn, will increase your system’s performance, and hence, your productivity.

Of course, a decision cannot be made on multitasking alone. You must also consider the factors we have discussed above, like heat dissipation and power consumption.

If you run maybe 5-6 apps at a time, then even a good quad-core processor might fulfill your needs.

Costs

Your budget is where it all comes to a halt. It will cost you more as you go higher up the ladder in terms of processor cores.

Processors with a lower number of cores are relatively cheaper and abundantly available, whereas finding a processor with 10 or 12 cores might need some homework first.

At this point, consider again what you will be doing with a processor if you choose one, and whether it is worth the price.

Are More Processor Cores Good?

It goes without saying; the more cores your processor has, the better performance it will give. Since it is then able to process more threads at the same time.

However, we would like to add that you must also take into consideration the points that we have discussed above, like heat dissipation, costs, and power consumption.

Do You Need a Deca Core Processor?

Deca-core processors, or even octa-core ones, are sufficient for any vivid gamers, given that there isn’t another bottleneck on the system. You may also want a deca-core processor if you are a 3-D animator, or perform any sort of image and video rendering.

However, if you have no dedicated goal of what you will do with your new PC or processor, then we recommend that you do not get a deca-core processor right now. Instead, go for a quad or a hexa-core, since those are sufficient to perform daily average tasks.

How to Check Number of Processor Cores

If you want to check how many physical and virtual cores your current processor has, here are the steps (for Windows PC):

  1. Open the Task Manager by pressing the CTRL + Shift + Esc hotkeys.

  2. Switch to the Performance tab and select “CPU.”

  3. View the “Cores” and the “Logical processors” in the details.

    View physical and virtual cores
    View physical and virtual processor cores

Takeaway

The number of processor cores makes all the difference in your system’s performance. It is true that the more cores you have, the greater your computer or phone will perform, and the more responsive it will be. However, there are other things you must also consider before “going big.”

In conclusion, you should get a device with a processor that meets your needs, with a little extra legroom to compensate for any unforeseen workloads that may befall you.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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