Unfortunately, nope. I've never tried to overclock/underclock or do anything to mess with my processors. My guess is that more cores will allow you to do more true multi-tasking (i.e., up to 4 things) rather than switching active processes in and out of memory quickly. But this is truly a guess. And whether this would be noticeable to you in your everyday computing probably depends on what you do on the computer.
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Sorry, best I can offer to help here, and cannot advise on the processor clocking isse.
I didn't know you could change the number of cores in your processor. If it is possible, then its probably just emulating 4 cores, in which case I would recommend keeping it at 2X 2.80. This would allow you to run individual programs faster, which I think is more valuable then running multiple programs slightly slower. .30 GHz is a BIG difference.
O, well if its a real quad core processor then yes, by all means set it to 4 cores, you will notice a performance increase.
I don't get that O_o. I know how factories underclock processors to extend the life and keep it from overheating, but I've never heard of them cutting out half of the cores before. Look around for some other overclocking tools and guides, and you should be able to use all four cores at maybe 2.65 ~ 2.70 instead of 2.5. I wouldn't recommend all 2.8 as that would overheat way too fast. There are some tools to help with overclocking and voltage and testing your system for stability, but I can't remember any right now >_<. These would help you reach the maximum safe overclocking setting.
Even if you ignore everything up there, I believe you would notice an increase in general performance with 4X 2.50GHz instead of 2X 2.80GHz.
I am with Pwnana. I have never heard cores being disabled at factory settings. Underclocked, yes, maybe. But disabled? This is a first time I have heard of this.
And you would only notice an increase in performance if you are already maxing out your two cores you use. If you aren't it won't really matter much if you have two extra cores because you aren't fully using your first two cores.
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