2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 20, 2010 6:22 PM by Ytterbium

    Threads/processors - how are they allocated?


      Can anyone explain to me how the core i5 and corei7 decides on the allocation of threads/processors according to workload??

      If I have quad core/8 threads when do the jobs get split across multiple threads/processors?

      If I have multiple applications running how do threads and processors get allocated to applications??

      I am looking to buy a new dell laptop with core i5 or core i7 processor but am unsure if it is better to have a i5 with faster base speed (dual core/4 threads) but higher more power usage or an i7 with lower base speed (quad core/8 threads) and longer battery life???

      I am not gaming but have many apps running simultaneously (8-10 tabs in IE8, couple of office apps, itunes, nokia, outlook).