Intel 8200/2.33Ghz x 4 cores, found on Ebay for , I used to replace\nan Intel 3Ghz dualcore;- Same family of technological production\nmeans, btw.\n\nSurprised ** XP ** picked it up -\- (shows as a Xeon in a dated Everest\nHW Diag.), evidently will use it, too - "the OS _can_ [XP -fl] assign\nother tasks to idle cores." First quote I noticed on Tom's HW. Seems,\nperhaps, that the name of the game, then, is efficiency - e.g., W7 is\ntherefore more efficiently designed to, hm, about "handling threads"]\nwith a greater preponderance of single-core coded programs still run\non computers;- Caveats, exclusions and limitations to XP I'd think\nwell might as well apply. Whatever the chainmail of an eating order\nis to XP, vrs NT/Vista/W7 when mightily gobbling up cores in a whoosh.\n\nSounds somewhat a difficult, no doubt a more complicated proposal, I\nhad imagined, to update this MB (and its quad) into a entertainment\nsystem for more intensive sound processing apps I'm running, (than\nmost anything I can demand here at this station);- the ESys, as it is,\nbelieve is a 2.2Ghz under AMD's typical moniker for listing it - a X2\n4000 (dual core ostensibly "Intel-equal" to 4Ghz/3Ghz or some such AMD\nmarketing crap).\n\nDunno squat, though. Other than it's a monkey-barrel of a load of work\nto swap these two systems out, one for the other. At a residual, as I\nsuspect, perhaps considerably lower in units of computing processing\npower. Negligible, IOW, at what I might propose, say, to bring all of\nOxygen6's streaming sound-processing modules into play -\- for still\ngetting gaps and pauses in playback, whilst I throttle its neck and\nchoke this I8200 to death. Murphy's optimism, as it were, in case I'm\ntotally wrong.\n\nAs it is, the ES/sound system is optimized, and well, for my having\nA-B'd most of Oxygen6's modules, additionally, to a couple of select\nand notably independent VST plugins. I've narrowed in to where, even\nif I had the most powerful I7, 'in the world, punk' - more, such as\nadditional harmonics and other cake-icing from Oxygen6 isn't\nnecessarily going to improve inherently top-notch pro-studio session\nmixes.\n\nThat brick wall, a decade ago, technology hit when it was universally\nacclaimed that electrons will move only so fast through a pipeline\nconduit, I think, has possibly just hit me. I feel, somehow,\nsplatted. Too bad I haven't anything more useful to run, really, in\nthis residual void of a quad-environ, unlike all the rest, the other\n50% of home PC users that predominately game with them. Blam. Oh,\nwell, I guess it can be said that I'm replete, a tad spicier now with\na quad.\n\n-\n'My dad liked his food like his women.' -Lenny Bruce's daughter.