Originally Posted by Kosai
Originally Posted by flooom
Hello. I currently have the e8400 processor and was wondering what better dual core I could get for GAMING. Since most games only use 2 cores anyway.
I don't care about quad cores or 6 cores or anything higher, so don't post about that here, please. I know about the e8600, but are the new i3 dual cores better for games? Any info will be helpful, thanks.
It's pretty much true, most DirectX games saturate a single thread and take up part of 1-2 more. It's a limitation of the API.
How a few cutting edge games manage to spread the load out, I don't know. But most AAA/mainstream and almost all non-mainstream games are very poorly threaded.
EDIT: Also, the odd game here and there does something stupid like render shadows in the CPU (Skyrim
), which can eat up all your other cores while still being CPU-bound on a single thread.Edited by brucethemoose - 3/19/14 at 1:31am