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Another link discussing the performance increase (yes or no) of multi-core Mac's:

Mac Intel Quad Core Vs. 2 Dual Core Processors | eHow.com

Quote from the final paragraph:

"Since Mac OS X 10.6 has been re-engineered to utilize multiple cores, users should notice a speed increase, as well as the quad core's added power management benefit. Many everyday applications, including word processing, email, web browsing, have not been rewritten to fully utilize the presence of multiple processors (dual or quad core). This will result in little to no noticeable speed increase."

I've been digging into this topic...since I recently purchased a used 2009 8-core (16 virtual cores) Mac Pro...and was questioning whether or not it was really a smart purchase since most software either doesn't or only minimally takes advantage of multiple cores.

Yet another interesting article discussing multiple cpu-cores in Mac's:

http://macperformanceguide.com/Optimizing-Cores.html

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