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How would that save money, artard? You have to send $150-300 now for a Dual Core then another $200-300 on a Quad... That is more than just making $300 once.

I don't see your logic.
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How would that save money, artard? You have to send $150-300 now for a Dual Core then another $200-300 on a Quad... That is more than just making $300 once.

I don't see your logic.
You've got a point. But you would get a little gain in many applications, & L2 cache isnt shared between the two Core 2 dies.

I would only recommend it for somebody who wants a fine workstation.
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Lol, I was going to get an Intel 5000X Motherboard, 4x2GB of Fully Buffered DDR2-667 Ram, 2 Intel Quad Cored Xeons, and a 8800GTX. (Then stuff came up.)

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post #15 of 42
I found this list, and I think all of these games support hyperthreading. At least it said they all support at least 2.5 threads or more.
• Supreme Commander (THQ/Gas Powered Games)
• BioShock (2K Games/ Irrational Games)
• Microsoft Flight Sim X – (MGS)
• Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft/ GRIN)
• Stranglehold (Midway)
• Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Activision/ iD/ Splash Damage)
• Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft)
• Warhammer MMORPG (EA/Mythic)
• Unreal Tournament 3 (Midway)
• The Witcher (Atari/CD Projekt)
• Half-Life 2: Episode II (Valve)
• Tabula Rasa (NC Soft)
• World in Conflict (Vivendi/Sierra)
• Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (Gearbox/ Ubisoft)
• Fury (Auran/Game****)
• Alan Wake (MGS/ Remedy)
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Just wait until Alan Wake comes out and then do the comparison.

That will show the quad to be the clear winner
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That graph looks more like a GPU bottleneck than a CPU performance ...
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That graph looks more like a GPU bottleneck than a CPU performance ...
No its the CPU performance
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How would that save money, artard? You have to send $150-300 now for a Dual Core then another $200-300 on a Quad... That is more than just making $300 once.

I don't see your logic.
Your logic is flawed.

Firstly, your analogy is based on the July 22 prices of a Quad. My analogy takes into account what the price of a Quad will be come Christmas time (after the release of the Penryn). At a guess I'd estimate them to be approx 40% cheaper again, not the $200-300 you suggest.

Secondly, I already own a Duo. So I guess what im saying also is it would be pointless for me to go to the expense of a Quad now if one already owns a Duo, based on the chart I supplied. If you DONT own a Duo then sure why not go for a Quad after July 22 if your looking at a new build, however the Duo's will be cheaper after July 22 too...

So in summary, you could buy a Duo after July 22, which will run your games as good as a Quad generally, then go for a Quad at Christmas time for approx 40% LESS than their post-July 22 prices (at a guess) if cash is an issue now.

My point is a Duo is not a bad buy compared to a Quad (if your considering price & performance in games), and the Quads will be going for a fraction of their current prices in 6 mths time, when there will actually be games around that make use of their extra performance...
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Your logic is flawed.

Firstly, your analogy is based on the July 22 prices of a Quad. My analogy takes into account what the price of a Quad will be come Christmas time (after the release of the Penryn). At a guess I'd estimate them to be approx 40% cheaper again, not the $200-300 you suggest.

Secondly, I already own a Duo. So I guess what im saying also is it would be pointless for me to go to the expense of a Quad now if one already owns a Duo, based on the chart I supplied. If you DONT own a Duo then sure why not go for a Quad after July 22 if your looking at a new build, however the Duo's will be cheaper after July 22 too...

So in summary, you could buy a Duo after July 22, which will run your games as good as a Quad generally, then go for a Quad at Christmas time for approx 40% LESS than their post-July 22 prices (at a guess) if cash is an issue now.

My point is a Duo is not a bad buy compared to a Quad (if your considering price & performance in games), and the Quads will be going for a fraction of their current prices in 6 mths time, when there will actually be games around that make use of their extra performance...
I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about people who have not built their computers yet. The people who want to upgrade. It would make a LOT more sense to get a Quad Core now or get a really cheap Processor (E2160 or Celeron-L) until Wolfdale's and Yorkfield's become cheaper (Q1'08).

Secondly, are you high! Steam updated/will update all of their games to be multi-threaded. Also, be open minded. Their are other people in this forum than gamers; just because you overclock does not make you addicted to Counter-Strike. Their are people who need 9.6GHz of Power to make their job(s) possible.

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