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I currently have my cpu at 3.68ghz using 160 bclk and everything stock.

Was wondering if hyperthreading is worth it for me. play fps like bad company 2 and black ops most of the times and starcraft II occasionally I enjoy dragon age series every once in a while. By going on for the games I play would it hurt to turn HT off?

Are there anygames that "Reall" takes advantage of HT?
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Not really...there are actually some benches that suggest it hurts it slightly..
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General consensus is to leave HyperThreading on regardless of what games you play. HT only hurts performance (3%-4% at most) in older games with limited support for multiple cores/threads. But all in all, there's no noticeable difference. Get your money's worth and leave it on
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I haven't seen a game benefit from hyperthreading but I have seen quite a few games perform worse with it on.
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Supposedly BF3 is going to utilize a whole bunch of extra threads.

Only time will tell.
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General consensus is to leave HyperThreading on regardless of what games you play. HT only hurts performance (3%-4% at most) in older games with limited support for multiple cores/threads. But all in all, there's no noticeable difference. Get your money's worth and leave it on
This. Restarting and changing BIOS every time you want to run something that actually takes advantage of HT isn't worth it for a possible 3-4% on some games.

I have an acquaintance (not really a friend as I don't really like him) who recently bought a 2600k, then disabled HT because he heard it was bad for games. He bought the 2600k because it was "better" than the 2500k...
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HT only hurts performance (3%-4% at most) in older games with limited support for multiple cores/threads.
Do you understand what HT is and what it does? The only programs that will benefit from HT are poorly written programs that leave a pipeline idle. With a well written program, HT will actually hurt performance. If anything, newer software should be worse than older software because you would think it's better written.
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HT is never worth it for games. If games start using more than 4 heavily used cores, HT will not help you there.
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Do you understand what HT is and what it does? The only programs that will benefit from HT are poorly written programs that leave a pipeline idle. With a well written program, HT will actually hurt performance. If anything, newer software should be worse than older software because you would think it's better written.
Not only that, but if the program treats a thread as a core it'll load the same core with double the workload, leaving the others idle.
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I'm on the fence between the i5 and the i7..

I do a bit of video editing in Sony Vegas 64bit. And I'd love to teach myself Maxon Cinema 4D. Or at least have the option of learning it and having renders render fast.

Help me decide please?? I will be gaming on this and perhaps recording gameplay for Youtube. Sccr, you seem like a very helpful person that's been around a long time. Any info for me?
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