How can I install a second CPU on my computer?

bhaskar July 16, 2011

How can I add another processor to my Windows PC and use the existing as well as new processor simultaneously, essentially to boost overall processor capability?

  1. Smayonak
    July 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    There are multicore CPUs that you can swap into your motherboard, which allow for greater multitasking. However, any CPU that inhabits a single CPU slot is a single CPU, not a dual. While multicore CPUs are capable of managing multiple tasks simultaneously, a true dual CPU computer requires a special motherboard that has two slots for two different CPUs. These are frequently used in servers.

    As far as I'm aware, the only way to add a second CPU to a standard motherboard is through clustering.A "cluster" can combine two computers to form a single entity and is frequently used as a low cost form of creating a supercomputer. There are Linux packages out there that allow clustering two completely different computers into a single unit. However, the process is note exactly user friendly.

  2. Mike
    July 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Unless your motherboard has two CPU Sockets you cannot ad a second CPU to your system. 

    Such boards are usually found in server systems or very expensive high-end systems. Since those motherboards cost several hundred dollars the chances of you having one without knowing is close to zero.