I need to build a new computer for photo processing and other related tasks.
It will run Windows 7 Pro 64bit with 8GB of ram.
I'm looking at the two processors below:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.6GHz 8MB L3 Cache (4 real cores, no hyper-threading).
Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache (4 real cores + 4 virtual hyper-threaded cores (8 total)).
For all practical purposes, these processors are about the same speed, except the i7-860 includes hyperthreading which makes it appear as having 8 cores.
My question is: Can a quad-core processor used for RAW processing actually take advantage of 4 real cores, not to mention 8 HT cores? Also, would 4 real cores + 4 HT cores actually speed up RAW processing when compared to the same CPU with HT disabled?