Understanding the i5 and i7 cores

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mynewromantica, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. mynewromantica macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    I have been reading on the forums quite a but lately, and I have noticed some people are saying they are waiting for a Quad-core MBP and to skip the i5 & i7. I am confused. I thought th i5 and the i7 were both quad core with th i7 having hyperthreading. Is that wrong, or is my i5 actually a dual core, even tho running my cpu monitor gadget in Vista (ugh) says there are 4. I'm so lost.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Your CPU is dual core and so is the i7. Only the iMac and Mac Pro have quad core CPU. You have likely confused the CPUs with the CPUs iMac is using. However, your CPU does support Hyper-Threading which means that one core is shown as two threads in Activity Monitor. 2 cores + 2 virtual cores
  3. mynewromantica thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Is there anywhere that you know of where I can read more about that?
  4. wschutz macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
  5. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2006
    In a Mac box
    The internet.

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