Calorimetric measurement of coupling loss versus frequency has been measured on two sets of cored and uncored large Hadron Collider Accelerator Research Program high gradient quadrupole Nb3Sn Rutherford cables. Studied are the responses of the resulting interstrand contact resistances (ICR) to variation of stainless-steel (SS) core width and position and to variation of reaction-heat-treatment (RHT) condition. One pair of cables (an early HQ-series type) with and without core had received RHT under 20-MPa uniaxial face-on pressure. Another set of cables (recent QXF type) furnished with SS cores of various widths had received RHT under ambient pressure. The results were displayed as cable-cross-sectional micrographs and plots of ICR versus percent core coverage (W). The HQ cables were tightly compacted and produced results consistent with a previously expected continuous ICR versus W variation. On the other hand, the QXF cables were uncompacted such that their upper and lower layers were separated by what is referred to as a full-width “pseudocore;” as a result, their ICRs were independent of the widths of the SS cores. Compaction versus noncompaction is discussed and future research directions are suggested.