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I just finished installing my Upgrades. PD 915 and the PM800PRO Mobo. I installed my After Market HSF. And I got temps of 30 Degrees when I'm in Windows XP. Is that good? Does each core run @ 2.8GHz? If so, does it mean 2.8GHz x 2 = 5.6GHz? Should there be a big difference between this CPU and my Old P4? Thanks in Advanced.
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Yes, 30C is low for idle. Try putting your processor under load and see what your max temps are.

Yes, each core runs at 2.8GHz. However, you cannot simply add them together. If you are running a game, a dual core will not simply make it run twice as fast. A single thread game will still perform about the same speed (some background tasks are offloaded). A multi-threaded game will perform 10-50% faster, depending on game and based on CPU bottlenecking alone.

Don't know what your old processor is. A Pentium D 2.8GHz is actually outdated by today's terms. It will bottleneck nVidia 7900GT cards and anything better on certain apps.
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My old P4 was a 511J 2.8GHz CPU 64bit.
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you'll see a difference in multi-threaded applications but not much in single threaded. You'll need to oc it though
    
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Alright. I'm looking forward to some of the games I want. The question is: Will the Pentium D work 2x as fast in Multi Core Supported games than my P4? I'm really looking forward to playing Multi Core Supported games such as BF2 and BF 2142.
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Is BF2 a multi core supporting game ? I doubt that...
Somebody correct me please if I'm wrong...
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post #8 of 8
Yes BF2 is multithreaded to my knowledge.

No matter what you will see a performance boost having dual core as all your other background programs wont bog your CPU down.
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