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    Programs that actually use all 4 cores of a quad core chip... please contribute!

    Here is a short list of programs that actually use all 4 cores of a quad core chip. If you know of others, please post them to this thread, and I'll update it.

    THE LIST:
    Real-World Applications
    3D Studio MAX using Mental Ray Renderer (>99 % of 4 cores)
    Adobe Premiere Elements v3.0.2 (52-85 % of 4 cores depending on source type, filters, etc.)
    AutoGK v2.40 (30-53 % of 4 cores depending on source type, filters, etc.)
    Cinema 4d Rendering (>99 % of 4 cores)
    Dr. DivX v2.0.0 (47-65 % of 4 cores depending on source type, filters, etc.)
    DVDShrink v3.2 (~90 % of 4 cores)
    Lightwave 3D (>99 % of 4 cores)
    Nero Suite 7.x (>90 % of 4 cores when encoding)
    Noise Ninja v2.13 (~80 % of 4 cores when doing the noise reduction on an image)
    Sony Vegas 7.0e (83-100 % of 4 cores depending on source type, filters, etc.)
    TMPG XPress v4.2.3.193 (65-100 % of 4 cores depending on source type, filters, etc.)
    Winrar v3.70 (~85-90 % of 4 cores on benchmark; ~75% in practice)
    x264 v0.55.663 (>99 % of 4 cores when doing the 2nd pass of a 2 pass encode)

    Benchmark/Distributed Computing Applications
    BOINC Clients (most of them) (>99 % of 4 cores)
    Folding@home SMP client (>99 % of 4 cores)
    Muon1 DPAD (~85 % of 4 cores)
    OCCT (>99 % of 4 cores)
    Prime95 v25.3 (>99 % of 4 cores)
    wprime v1.50 (>99 % of 4 cores)

    Games
    none that I know of yet

    If you'd like to contribute an application or game, please post the following:

    1) Program name
    2) URL to homepage of the program
    3) The percentage as shown in the Windows task manager of the CPU's that are getting used @ peak or thereabouts along with a screen-shot of the task manager.

    Here's an example screen-shot of my task manager during the Noise Ninja noise reduction:


    Also, please limit the replies to quad chips only (yeah, I know this will limit the amount of replies, but this is after all what this thread is all about).

    Thanks!

    Note: I don't think this thread really belongs under the software section since it's specifically about software for quad core chips.
    Last edited by graysky; 07-07-2007 at 03:48 PM.
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    Supreme Commander actively uses all four cores of a quad core processor!!!

    It is the first game (afaik) that really benefits from a quad core chip, there are real benefits over a dual core system.

    And the game rocks

    Whilst I'd love to post a shot of task manager - I don't have a quad core to show off with...

    visit forums.gaspowered.com for more info
    Last edited by EarlGrey; 06-07-2007 at 12:09 AM.

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    All, thanks for the replies... my hope was to keep the list kind of semi-quantitative. If you offer up an app or game, please make sure that it's tested on your quad machine and you report the CPU usage. As you can see in my short list, Noise Ninja does use all 4 cores, but only 80 &#37;.

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    Have a look here for some serious indepth analysis into how well (or not) Supreme Commander is using a quad core chip.

    forums.gaspowered.com/viewtopic.php?t=13032

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    Don't have the Quad yet, but Rybka will use as many cores as it can get, as will Zap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by graysky View Post
    As you can see in my short list, Noise Ninja does use all 4 cores, but only 80 &#37;.

    Thanks!
    That statement doesn't make sense . Its assuming that any program will use 100% of available CPU power given to it. Programs just don't work like that, there could be 101 things why its not using 100% (waiting on other devices like the Hard drive, or waiting for a calculation from another core for example).
    It could even be a case of the calculations being simple so it doesn't put the CPU at full load. It doesnt mean the core isn't being used as much as it can be for that particular program.
    Last edited by Agent; 06-07-2007 at 04:20 PM. Reason: engrish
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    @agent: perhaps you have a point. Poor wording on my part.
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