|I have XP installed on a PC with a core i7 920 CPU.|
In the task manager / performance window it's showing 8 (virtual?) cpu's. When I'm doing something very cpu intensive one of these CPU's will max out but the other 7 just sit there. Overall it's saying the CPU is 13%.
Now while it's good that an errant application can't hang the whole machine by taking 100% cpu it seems a bit annoying that when I want an application to be processing stuff it only ever uses a maximum of 13% of the CPU.
Is there something I should have set to make XP recognise the other virtual cpu's? Or is the CPU just wasted on XP and I need another OS (WIN7) to take advantage of the CPU?
Also, if XP is only using 13% of the CPU then could my PC actually be running slower than with the previous CPU which I replaced (can't remember what it was, but at least it used 100% of it!)
Or am I just misunderstanding what the taskman is telling me...?