Welcome to our new series of short posts when I explore a single topic in the tech world. Today, we’re beginning by answering a simple yet often overlooked question…
“What are CPU cores?”
For starters, the CPU is basically the brain of your PC. Everything that happens on your PC happens thanks to your CPU. So, your CPU’s core is basically it’s processor. Back in the day, CPU’s only had one core. This meant that CPU’s could only focus on one thing at a time. Newer CPU’s now can have up to 16 cores, with each core able to perform an entirely different task!
Overall, the more cores a CPU has, the more efficient the CPU is at performing multiple tasks. If you want a solid performing CPU, it should have at least a minimum of four cores.
Another common question that comes up around CPU terminology, is threading. You may have also heard of the phrases ‘hyper-threading’ or ‘multi-threading’. And no, none of these have anything to do with clothing!
The cores acquire information via threading. It’s basically like a pathway that your information walks down. Hyper-threading (or multi-threading), is a process where the threads split into two, therefore carrying double the information. This can improve overall efficiency, and is beneficial for certain software, such as for editing videos. However, if you are mainly focused on gaming, you’re better off with just focusing on getting more cores overall.
So, there’s the basics on what CPU cores are! Hopefully that answered any questions you may have about them, but if you have any more feel free to let me know in the comments below.