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whats the point of quad core? They should just re-desighn the dual cores, Im pretty sure that no program even needs quad cores. A really good dual core like 3Ghz, should run pretty much everything. Im not saying quad cores are bad, I just think that dual cores could be much better.
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What you mean by "I just think that dual cores could be much better."? Quad can be used for folding and I think professional things such as graphical design. It's can be considered overkill at the moment.
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Im hoping that a quad core will help me compile large applications much faster. (See: Source SDK)
    
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Same argument when dual core came out. When dual core came out nothing could run dual threads blah blah blah, but now it can and now its time for quad core and in due time things will be quad threaded.
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there's reasons quad cores are better...for example...

more cores.

*****.

Anything that's coded for multiple cores will use the 4 cores...speeds it up. any type of encoding will use the full power... You don't have to code specifically for dual/quad/octo core...just "multi" core.

Quads have their place.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by matman40 View Post
whats the point of quad core? They should just re-desighn the dual cores, Im pretty sure that no program even needs quad cores. A really good dual core like 3Ghz, should run pretty much everything. Im not saying quad cores are bad, I just think that dual cores could be much better.
Many applications even today use the quad cores very efficiently. Your statement that you are sure that no program even needs quad cores is quite wrong. Maybe not games yet. But applications like Photoshop, many different types of audio and video encoding, database applications, development software, the list can go on and on, efficiently use multiple cores.

Quad cores are relatively new to the mainstream market. Servers have used 4+ processors for many years and because of this, most server applications fully take advantage of multiple cores. But as mainstream software is designed to utilize the more cores, which is what is going on right now, you will most likely find that dual cores will be considered under powered in the near future, just like most single cores are today.

Your comments remind me of the following quotes.

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Everything that can be invented has been invented.. -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Patent Office, 1899
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640K ought to be enough for anybody.. -- Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft, 1981
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The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.. -- Admiral William Leahy, Manhattan Project, 1943
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post #7 of 14
I would use it to fold mainly, but professional applications will use quad cores in the future. Short answer to the original question: For the future.
post #8 of 14
I think I can understand where the OP is coming from. On the mainstream side, we've barely just gotten out the door with dual cores, and already we have quad core CPUs that have already made dual cores obsolete. There's projection that 8 core, 16 core, and higher are in the not so distant future as well.

It's sad but that's the way technology goes. Since there seems to a be a wall in terms of the frequencies that CPUs can reliably hit, the amount of cores is what AMD and Intel are going for now. It will only increase exponentially until another wall is hit. Then who knows?

The good thing, though, is that Intel is leading the way in an attempt to make quad cores affordable (besides trying to crush AMD) with their frequent price cuts. So when it's time for you to build a new setup, you'll very likely be able to put a new multi core setup fairly cheaply in relation to the cutting edge technology that you're buying.
     
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Originally Posted by covertash View Post
I think I can understand where the OP is coming from. On the mainstream side, we've barely just gotten out the door with dual cores, and already we have quad core CPUs that have already made dual cores obsolete. There's projection that 8 core, 16 core, and higher are in the not so distant future as well.
Good news is that once developers get the hang of multithreading for just dual core... the jump to even more cores will be relatively easy.
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People like to be futureproofed.
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