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64 bit system see s dual core in 32 bit os

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i have a 64 bit ready system . ecs p4m800-m7 mobo and p4 3.2 ghz 2m/800 ht single core.i am currently running a 32 bit os xp home ssp3, in the task manager it shows dual cpu cores even though its a single core cpu. speed fan also shows two cores. what i want to know is am i getting the benifits of two cores performance wise. and is it running faster now than it would with a 64 bit os.

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The clue is in the processor description - HT.
HT, short for hyper-threading, is effectively painting the impression that you have a dual-core processor when in actual fact you don't. While some applications will respond to it, it doesn't change the fact it's a single core processor and performance wise it will never be any faster than a true dual-core processor. The operating system being 32-bit or 64-bit is irrelevant in this case.
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