Originally Posted by gibby1690
are all new games going to be 4 core ? or will it just be bf4 and crisis 3/4 and gta5 if we ever get it?
The new consoles are 8 cores so we're going to be seeing more and more games taking advantage of multithreaded processors. A lot of people on OCN kept spewing out garbage about how PC games wouldn't make use of more than 2-4 cores for years to come as early as ~6 months or so ago... Obviously those people were dead wrong and gave a lot of users (like yourself) the idea that they could play all of the latest PC games at respectable frame rates with dual core processors.
Many people who took that advice bought the quad core i5's and a number of those i5 owners are wishing they had saved up for i7's due to their HyperThreading ability which can make them act as eight core CPU's - I'm sure you can see how this could be to a gamers' advantage when playing upcoming titles which will be coded for the 8 core consoles.. The i5's don't have HT so they're limited to 4 cores, but 4 cores overclocked should be "good enough" if you're looking to save some money while playing upcoming titles at 1080p with just about any single GPU within your budget..
From Toms Hardware: (On HT)
"As you probably already know, Hyper-Threading is Intel’s simultaneous multi-threading technology that presents each physical core as two logical cores to an operating system. Thus, when you open the Task Manager on a Hyper-Threading-enabled Nehalem-based CPU, you see eight threads. This doesn’t mean you suddenly have the equivalent of an eight-core processor. Instead, Intel duplicates certain resources in each physical core to make the technology available; it’s better to think of Hyper-Threading as allowing the execution resources on a quad-core i7 to be better-utilized in threaded workloads."