Originally Posted by Redeemed
I'm not too savvy on alternative architectures but what uses x87? Is it an extension of x86? Furthermore, would skyrim benefit from using more than two threads? I mean significantly benefit? Does it not run really well as is?
x87 is just the standard FPU without any SIMD FP acceleration. It's 'sort of' like having the game run in software mode rather than hardware mode.
x87 was actually a separate FPU (math) chip as far back as the 386. Some 486's didn't have them either or they were disabled... Can't remember offhand.