This question What are the benefits of a Dual-Core CPU over Quad-Core in a Desktop PC? has been answered and accepted, yet the information therein is over four years old.

How can we reopen this topic/question to get more updated information regarding the current state of Dual-Core vs. Quad-Core computing / applications? I'm thinking that new applications are embracing multi-threading and that maybe in today's world Quad-Cores might be better than at that time.

For those of you in the comments who suggested of a new question being opened, what do you think of this:

Title: Do multi-core CPUs still suffer from diminishing returns in today's world?

Body: It has been shown in other questions that due to the state of computer applications, multi-core processors suffer from diminishing returns. Is this still the case in today's world?

Do most new applications embrace multi-threading, and thus take advantage of having multiple cores? If not, do the newer 64-bit OS's help take advantage of the cores by assigning tasks/processes to different cores? Or do multi-core processors still continue to suffer from the same (or similar) diminishing returns?

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    You could offer a bounty, requesting updated information. – Daniel Beck Jul 25 '12 at 14:22
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    The question it self is out-dated and would need quite an edit for it to be useful. IMO a new question that is more generic would be suitable: something along the lines of "Benefits of more cores". – James Mertz Jul 25 '12 at 14:32
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    But not so generic that everyone and his dog will try to share their 2 cents – Ivo Flipse Jul 25 '12 at 14:46
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    @IvoFlipse agreed. I'm looking for more of a community FAQ type of question. – James Mertz Jul 25 '12 at 16:38

The old question is really outdated, and four years in CPU technology is quite long.

I would suggest, like KronoS mentioned, to post a new question in the spirit of , and keep it as generic as possible. We can then close the old question as a duplicate of the new one, thus reverse the process. I like your proposed question and I think we can give it a shot. Tag it for the time being.

Let's try to encourage factual answers that back up claims with references. A moderator could add a post notice like this below the question:

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer: please explain why you're recommending it as a solution. Answers that don't explain anything will be deleted. See Good Subjective, Bad Subjective for more information.

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