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What are threads, and what do they do in the processor?

I was looking at the stats for the Intel Pentium e5700 CPU. It has two cores and two threads. What do the threads do for the processor? Is there any relation between the number of cores and the ...
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How to disable auto brightening LCD

I am not talking about adjusting screen brightness through power management (this is a laptop), I'm not talking about how the screen brightness setting may be different between 'plugged in' and '...
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Difference Between Cores and Processors

I am confused by the difference between "Cores" and "Processors". A lot of the computers are 2-cores, 4-cores. Does this mean that they have one processor with 2 or 4 cores on that single processor? ...
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No Accelerate button/tab on Intel Rapid Storage window

I have an ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with a Corsair SSD as my primary boot drive. I have a TB standard hard drive as a secondary data drive. I am attempting to use an older Intel SSD as a cache on the ...
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Upgrading laptop processor

I have a Dell Studio 17. It's a few years old, and I wanted to upgrade the processor. It currently has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2.00GHz My question is how can I find out which processors are ...
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What's the main difference between Intel processor generations?

What are the main differences between each processor generation of Intel processors/chipsets? Is there a performance difference? I've already seen processors from first to sixth generation, however I ...
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USB 3.0 ports function as USB 2.0 ports on Windows 7 with an Intel USB 3.0 xHCI Controller

On a Windows 7 machine with an Intel USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (*), the USB 3.0 ports function as USB 2.0 ports -- i.e. devices connected to the USB 3.0 ports (e.g. a blue-colored port) still appear ...
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Intel VT-x disappeared after upgrading to Windows 8

I've upgraded to Windows 8 some weeks ago (MSDNAA!) and today, while I was trying to run a VM, I've noticed that VT-x is disabled. Now, Hyper-V works without problems, as I've tried emulating Win7 ...
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How does Intel Turbo Boost work?

I just got a new Intel CPU, and the specifications say 3.5GHz but with turbo boost to 3.9GHz. What does Intel Turbo Boost do? From the description it sounds like they are saying "The road's speed ...
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Safe long-term CPU temp? [closed]

I'm considering running a game server for some friends and I to play on with my laptop, but while the server is running my processor use tends to go to around 55-65% and my CPU temperature hovers ...
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How to see if turbo boost is working on I7 860 CPU?

I just build myself a new system with a Intel I7 860 CPU. When loading it using a single threaded application like Super PI, CPU-Z shows 2.933Ghz as speed. Now I understood that the I7 goes into turbo ...
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Can I use Intel RST caching on another (i.e. non-OS) hard drive?

Is it possible to cache a (non-OS) HDD with an SSD in RST? I used RST to create a regular RAID volume of 128GB (I had to put the SSD and the HDD in RAID because RST requires it). I want to configure ...
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What is the intel matrix storage manager? and what is IAAnotif.exe doing running in the background?

I have windows 7 and this is running in the background. Using process explorer, I can see most of the DLLs are named, but two are unsigned called locale.nls an SortDefault.nls. One has no description ...
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Intel Rapid Storage / Smart Response SSD caching issue

Background Recently built my own PC. It works! Almost. It's been a while since getting into the guts of these things, so I'm familiar but may be missing something simple. FYI, I don't care about ...
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How do I read Intel CPU specs?

Intel® Core™ i7-640M (2.8~3.46GHz, 35W) w/4MB Cache - 2 Cores, 4 Threads - 2.5 GT/s SO i'm buying a new laptop, which i have not done in 6 years. So i am not familiar with any of these cpu specs. It ...
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Setting and keeping resolution settings for a display that's not autodetected on KDE/Fedora 20

I have a non standard 1280x800 screen which isn't detected correctly by my linux system The screen is a 1280x800 native, 10.1 inch tablet display with an external controller board. I've got it ...
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How do I identify what is my 'Intel Chipset' , on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system?

How do I identify what is my 'Intel Chipset' , on a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit system? This is actually a follow-up question to USB 3.0 ports function as USB 2.0 ports on Windows 7 -- trying ...
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Why does my Intel CPU underclock itself automatically?

I have an Intel i3 350m and a Core 2 Quad 8300. The 350m is 2.2ghz, while the Core 2 Quad is 2.5ghz. With both, while looking at CPU-Z, they underclock themselves at seemingly random intervals (even ...
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I can't update my BIOS because the current version is an empty string

I am using an Intel D945GCCR motherboard. I want to update the BIOS but the current installed BIOS has an empty string for the BIOS version which causes an error and prevents me updating. The error ...
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Where do I find a working Windows 7 driver for the Intel 82865G graphics chipset?

I have an old Dell Inspiron 3000 which came with Windows XP. It's still quite decent, 3 GHz P4, 2 GB RAM. I've installed Windows 7 RTM (x86) and the best resolution it will do is 640x480 ...
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Intel turbo boost - in reality

I have an Intel i7-3630QM processor in my laptop. Its speed is supposed to be from 2.4 to 3.4 GHz in turbo boost mode. In reality, will it ever run all cores on full speed (3.4GHz mentioned above) ...
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OpenCL support hardware requirements

Does my machine support OpenCL? I found Conformant Products where the list contains the required hardware requirements. Please find the below screenshots of few of my machine. Does any one of the ...
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Upgrade laptop CPU from i3-330M to i5-whatever

I have a VPCCW2S1E with: CPU: i3-330M cpu Intel® NM10 Express Chipset. I'd like to upgrade it with an i5. (or anything faster!) I see my socket is either a BGA1288 or PGA988 and an i5 such as ...
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How to overclock Dual-Core CPU E5200? Lacking options in BIOS?

This is serious problem. I want to speed up my compilation process. I have never been special fun of overclocking, however time of compilation of my current project makes my crazy! I found ...
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MAC OS for Intel based PCs [closed]

I have an Intel dual core PC with 4GB of RAM and Graphics card. For on of my student Assignment I need to install Latest possible MAC OS on my system as a secondary OS. Like on boot it asks me that ...
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How to enable virtualization without using bios?

I am using android studio.I want to run my app on simulator but it is asking me to install intel haxm,.When i install intel haxm it says that vitualization is not enabled/.To enable virtualization i ...
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What do Intel's socket package specifications mean in detail?

What is the difference between FCPGA988 PGA988 rPGA rPGA988B BGA1224 FCBGA1224 Do some mean that the BGA is soldered to the board and cannot be removed? BGA is soldered versions only, right? ...
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Where are Intel Itanium chips used?

I think that all the Intel chips I've ever bought were IA-32 architecture. Are Intel Itaniums sold in desktops or laptops?
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Why is Intel Turbo Boost Not Working On My Laptop?

Investigation continued Why is Intel Turbo Boost Not Working On My Laptop? (Continued) Dell Latitude E6420 is my laptop with Windows 7 Enterprise. Turbo Boost is enabled in BIOS but is disabled in ...
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Windows 7 x64 support for Intel GMA 3650 (or GMA 3600)

I recently purchased an Intel D2700 MUD motherboard and I cannot find drivers for the Win7 x64 integrated graphics (Intel GMA 3650 aka PowerVR sgs545). The accompanying CD contains Win7 x32 version ...
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Can I setup two RAID arrays on a single intel z97 controller?

Let me preface this by saying that I have never setup a RAID array myself, other than by using software RAID 0 in Windows for a set of storage drives. I purchased a new ASUS Maximus VII Hero ...
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PC getting stuck at the Intel boot screen

there is this strange problem I am facing for quite a while now at the time of starting up my pc. WHERE it occurs: The problem occurs at the very first screen that appears after pressing power button ...
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How can I be sure that the motherboard is dead and it's not another issue?

So I have and old computer with and Intel D101GGC motherboard and a pentium 4 cpu and award bios, with a long repeating beep and not passing POST. I tried: RAM checking, they are good and working ...
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“Acceleration” not available in Intel SRT menu

I have an Asus Z68 Motherboard on an existing system running Windows 7 x64. I now want to install an OCZ Agility 3 SSD to make use of the Intel Smart Response Technology. Apparently, it's not an easy ...
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If I use a discreet GPU with Sandy Bridge, would Sandy Bridge's on-die GPU be sitting idle and be completely wasted?

Or would the on-die GPU somehow work with the discreet GPU and still be productive?
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Properly disabling Intel SRT

I just purchased a Dell XPS 8500 that comes with a 2TB mechanical HDD + 32GB SSD that is configured to use Intel's SRT. I'm planning to dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu, but it seems like SRT drivers are ...
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Windows 10 Task Manager: CPU Speed Rises Above Maximum Speed

I wonder if it Windows 10 changing behaviour in recent major update. I am using Windows 10.0.10586. I am well aware of TurboBoost that mentioned in this SuperUser question. My CPU could hit 2.70GHz in ...
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Is GTX 960 supported by Intel Chipset Q75?

Intel chipset Q75 supports PCI-e x1, x2 and x4. I have a similar problem as in the thread What is the 6-pin power connector on an HP ProDesk? but with HP Compaq Pro 6300 Business PC. I wanted to ...
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Intel 3945ABG DPC spikes (audio stutter, mouse) in Windows 8.1

As reported by many users, Intel WiFi chips such as 3945ABG and the later 4965 may experience CPU spikes due to DPC activity. This is typically experienced as: Audio stuttering. Uninterrupted ...
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Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Installation Fails

The problem I have is getting my HP DV7T-7000 Windows 7 64-bit laptop's USB 3.0 ports to function at USB 3.0 speeds. I used to get 3.0 speeds but noticed I'm having a problem in the last few months. ...
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How to enable Virtualization Technology in Samsung Chromebox

I need to enable Virtualization Technology (VT) in my Samsung Chromebox (Series 5) from Google IO 2012 because of Android x86 emulator from Intel. I am on Developer BIOS, but I have no clue, how to ...
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Why is the Core i5 5300u rated better than the i7 5600u?

I just purchased a new x1 Carbon with all the bells and whistles. I got a Core i7-5600u which I really thought would be the better chipset to get. But now I'm looking at some benchmarks and the i5-...
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Correct graphics card is not being used

I just bought this notebook and I am having trouble switching between which graphics card a game uses. It comes with AMD Radeon HD8530M and Intel HD Graphics Family. I went into "Configure Switchable ...
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How do Intel HD Graphics from 2010 processors compare to current low level graphics cards? [closed]

This question is similar to this, but here I'm asking about Intel HD Graphics integrated into 2010 processors in general and graphics integrated into Atom N550 in particular. A site with reviews ...
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Can I replace a Core 2 Duo with a Core 2 Quad processor?

Can a Core 2 Quad processor be a direct replacement for a Core 2 Duo, given the same socket arrangement?
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Core i5 Processor running too fast?

I have an Intel core i5-4670 on a z87-plus motherboard from asus on Windows 8.1. I am experiencing random blue screens, often after startup. What worries me is that my Intel core seems to be running ...
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Installing HPL, makefile problems

I've followed this guide up until step 5. When I run $make arch=intel64 it gives me the following output: make -f Make.top startup_dir arch=intel64 make[1]: Entering directory `/hpl-2.0' Make....
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What does “thread” mean as related to CPUs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are threads, and what do they do in the processor? I know a process can have multiple threads, on my Windows 7 machine each process has over 10 threads in avg. But ...
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How can i solve Intel Management Engine Interface driver error?

I have a Gigabyte GA-P55-US3L rev 2.0 mainboard after my windows 7 x64 installation i tried to install all the drivers from Gigabyte's site but i can't install Intel Management Engine Interface driver....
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What is better performance wise with i7 2600k: 1x4GB or 2x2GB RAM?

Is it better to use 2x 2GB or 1x 4GB RAM with a i7 2600k Sandy Bridge performance-wise for: Applications? Games? Both?