Moderator Emeritus, Elite Member
- May 16, 2002
One problem with the "bring your own pc" program in healthcare, is that if there is a security breach on a personal computer (likely) Then possibly MILLIONS of peoples HIPAA data is compromised, and the lawsuit that ensues can cost the company millions. Thats why personal PC's in the workplace quite often are not allowed, and for good reason. Also that approved work PC is laden with software to keep breaches out, thus the requirement for more than 2 or even 4 cores.That setup is quite comparable to the environment I have to work in. Such was the reason why I made use of a bring your own PC program that IT supported a few years back in order to have a 4C 'workstation' laptop rather than the 2C ultrabooks which were being provided. The difference between them was quite notable exactly as you'd expect.
But that's also why I'd wholeheartedly disagree that 4 cores isn't adequate for non-productivity workloads. Even with all the corporate bloatware installed the current 4C thin and light laptops have no issues running all office applications, e-mail client, and other non-productivity programs without a hitch. Sure once you run a threaded workload more cores would help, but if that's a regular work task then it shouldn't be getting done on a 4C thin and light laptop in the first place.
Here's to hoping that software continues to progress. But AMD's age old "moar cores" marketing stance isn't going to magically make it happen. There are workloads which are threaded and there are those which are never going to be within the current computing paradigm. Pushing the standard up to 4C is a good thing for consumers. Pushing it beyond that will do little more than raise prices.