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Can running a single core application on a multicore dmg the CPU?

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#1 Disorganizer


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Posted 27 July 2018 - 12:17 AM

Hi there folks,


what i have here isnt so much a problem as it is a question. I have an Asus Aspire A515 51G 58ug. ( Thats an I5 8250u, with a Geforce MX150 8gb ram and a 256SSD. ) Everything is running fine, the temperatures measured with coretemp (39/40 C idle, 49-60 C on 2D, 65 - 83 on 3D games) are well within reason for a Multimedia Mass Market Laptop. Here is a question though:


Not all of my games can actually take advantage of the 4 cores of my CPU - Neverwinternights 2 for example does not. (And since it isnt programmed all that well, it still gives my CPU a run for its money, despite being 12 years old. NWN2 slathers all of its load onto one core, which consequently is more taxed and runs a bit hotter than the others.


My question for you guys is, if running a single core on a multicore CPU for extended periods can damage the CPU as a whole. ON lower temperatures, effects like these are probably negligible, but what about a long gaming session?


I could upload a Coretemp log of me playing NWN2 for an hour or so. Last time i checked, i never crossed 78 C even with the unlucky core NWN2 decided to agonize.


If you got the time, some advice would be appreciated,




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#2 eLPuSHeR


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Posted 27 July 2018 - 04:07 AM

I don't think using just one core can damage a cpu, but always keep an eye on temps just in case something goes wrong.

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 06:23 AM



Systems are built to run programs...some programs utilize multicores, some don't.  Some multitask, some don't.


From checking when I am encoding video...I would say that it would be unusual for all cores to be involved in a single process/program.  Not all programs are written so that require or can take advantage of multiple cores of a system.



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