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I was looking through tomshardware's 2006 CPU lineup, there was about 4 games to benchmark and you can select 2 CPUs to go head to head. the thing is people say duel core doesn't help you much in games, but I compared the 3700+ and the x2 4600 and the duel core is always better, I realized that those CPUs are probably on stock. but still, I'm confused.
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Normally the dual's will do either the same or better at the same clocks as a similar CPU. Right now I get about the same score in 3dmark05 as I did with my 3700+ overclocked to about the same speed. I get a lot better of a score in 3dmark06 because it can use both cores.

Most games are still single threaded but the plus to having a dual core would be the fact that one core can run the game while the other does backround work.
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GPU drivers are multithreaded...you'll always get a better score with dual core. Also, it gives you more headroom to actually use a single core for the whole game, because you're not running background apps on the same core as the game...
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I always wondered how fast both cores work simultainiously? But It usually does increase bench mark scores some.
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If you want the most performance out of Single core, Dont have any background applications running.
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Yeah the main advantage of Dual-Core is the fact that you can set a game to run on one core and all other background apps to run on the other core..
    
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thanks for the replies, how do you set a game to use one core? is this done in task manager? I'm gettin a x2 4600 very soon.
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