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I'm still kicking around my old C2D E4300 ... I will probably upgrade this thing sometime before the end of the year, but I can reach 3ghz stablely(sp?) and don't need much more for what I do (gaming and web surfing) so for now this is fine... but my question is:

Is a quad core processor worth it? Or do you even notice it? I haven't really looked into it all that much but from what I hear alot of programs don't even utilize all four cores properly yet... This leads me to be more interested in chips like the e7200 and e8x series... they are cheaper by a hundred dollars and go upwards of 4.2+ghz ... Is it worth it to spend the extra $$$ on two more cores?



What's your thinking of the # of cores on a chip?
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Not now, but in 1-2 years when programs can use all 4 cores, they sure will be.
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I'm still kicking around my old C2D E4300 ... I will probably upgrade this thing sometime before the end of the year, but I can reach 3ghz stablely(sp?) and don't need much more for what I do (gaming and web surfing) so for now this is fine... but my question is:

Is a quad core processor worth it? Or do you even notice it? I haven't really looked into it all that much but from what I hear alot of programs don't even utilize all four cores properly yet... This leads me to be more interested in chips like the e7200 and e8x series... they are cheaper by the hundreds of dollars and go upwards of 4.2+ghz ... Is it worth it to spend the extra $$$ on two more cores?



What's your thinking of the # of cores on a chip?
it's VERY worth it,i just got one and perfomance increased a LOT in every single program/game.
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this summer its to be said games will use 3 cores.
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atleast games are trying to develop ways to use 4 cores
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I think a quad core is worth it if you find yourself doing more than one thing at a time. My system maintains itself (spybot avg etc) whilst im playing games and i barely notice. Think of a quad core as a load spreader. 50% (full) load on a dual core (with the right apps) will equate to 25% load on a quad. The extra cores negate the higher clock, in my opinion.
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Multitasking, video editting and some games like crysis already utilize the technology so if you add what the guys said above, i think you will make a good choice if you go with a quad!
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Multitasking, video editting and some games like crysis already utilize the technology so if you add what the guys said above, i think you will make a good choice if you go with a quad!
Uhh Crysis DOES NOT benefit from a quad core.
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Are you sure it doesn't man?
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Are you sure it doesn't man?
Nope ask anyone else on OCN.

No game at the current point in time benefits or utilizes a quad core
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