Simple definition needed for quad core and threads

Discussion in 'iMac' started by yakkowarner epi, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    I am going to write a review for my new iMac and I don't understand how quad core and threads are used in applications. Can someone give me a laymans description on how programs use this technology? Is it like dual cpu's or .....
  2. JonyHolt macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Fresno, CA
    It counts for the amount of processes at any given time. Quad Core means you have 4 "Cores" inside of your processor that can work individually or all together. Threads are actions taken by the computer in the very basic of terms. A task or a job.
  3. tsugaru macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2003
    Think of a CPU as a toll booth, and cores as lanes passing through.
    More cores should allow for more traffic throughput.
  4. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    And how about threads? i7 has 4 cores and 8 threads, while i5 only 4 cores, what's the best analogy for it?

    Can I say i7 is like toll gate with 4 booths and each booth contain 2 officers, makes total 8 officers can serve 8 vehicles at a time?

    And i5 is like 4 toll booths with 1 officer / booth?

Share This Page