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Talk talk talk
and again http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3127&p=4

And i'm not defending quad cores - just countering the statement " no games utilize quad core " Unreal Engine 3 is a popular engine, it utilizes quad core processors - and multiple titles using UE3 exist and are planned for future PC release.

Rainbow 6 vegas 2 for example - just came out so you can add that to the list of apparently non existent titles.
Edited by Sporx - 5/13/08 at 6:50am
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Dude listen i am in defense of nothing really, i am just trying to see whether the claim of Crytek is true. Now saying that "i can keep thinking this but the truth is not so" degrades our conversation to the level of schoolchildren having an argument. My understanding of a what a conversation should be like is apparently different to yours so until you come up with a more grown up attitude i rest my case. No offence fella ok?
Drop it, dude. You're the one with the attitude at this point; Benny never said anything to attack you, but you're making it out to be like that.

Again: Crysis does NOT benefit from a quad core. I'm guessing that people THINK it benefits from a quad core because they usually buy one coupled with a new graphics card to boot. To properly run Crysis, it's all in the graphics processors. Of course Crytek is going to promote Intel's quad cores... Wasn't it Crytek that had their hands on the Penryns for developing LONG before they saw the public eye?

Anyways, drop your attitude. Benny99 is right, accept it.
    
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I just bought a E8400, going to OC to 4.0. I think I'll be fine for about 2 years.
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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?

I love my E8400, why, well it´s doing 3,6 on default VID and that speed is enough for me and even more it runs cool, less amps from wallsocket then a quad, very good for gaming as I mainly do, easier to OC (then a quad) up to 3,8 with not to much vcore increase, less strain on you mobo, not expensive for that performance and the cache is not bad either.

Get a quad for the future, nja don´t know about that, this year Intel release Nehalem and when games support 4 cores or more socket 775 quad are outdated.

If you gonna game get E8400, it´s the one right now and when Nehalem get mainstream, upgrade, then you got a "real" multlicore CPU.

That´s my humble opinion.
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ATM, you'd be hard-pressed to find any games that truly benefit from 4 cores (opposed to 2). IMHO, if you've already got an Intel CPU with the "core" architecture, you're doing just fine. Swapping out the CPU will show a minimal difference in games. I think any investment on such a rig would be much better put towards the video card(s).

In your case, you could opt for SLI. The 9600GT (like your BFG OC Edition), go for ~$150-175. And the 9600GT has been shown to scale extremely well in SLI. Opposed to a new CPU, I believe that would be money better spent.
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ATM, you'd be hard-pressed to find any games that truly benefit from 4 cores (opposed to 2). IMHO, if you've already got an Intel CPU with the "core" architecture, you're doing just fine. Swapping out the CPU will show a minimal difference in games. I think any investment on such a rig would be much better put towards the video card(s).

In your case, you could opt for SLI. The 9600GT (like your BFG OC Edition), go for ~$150-175. And the 9600GT has been shown to scale extremely well in SLI. Opposed to a new CPU, I believe that would be money better spent.
I second that, well said Choggs396
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it's VERY worth it,i just got one and perfomance increased a LOT in every single program/game.
and what did you come from though before the quad though?


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mmm, do you multitask? eg. itunes plus game plus firefox open dl'ing sumthing? if so then yes, plus a q9300-9400 have quite high overclocks
i-tunes, firefox, and a game are something that most single cores should be able to handle without much of a slow down. a dual core would be overkill for that and so yeah a quad is way more then needed.
just being your multitasking doesn't mean it's going to be much faster. it all depends on what your multitasking with.
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Let's just say this: I went from an E6600 to a Q6600, and the only thing that changed was my 3DMark score. Seriously.

Just for reference, the Q6600 I received was a gift, and I really just wanted to mess around with it/find it's max OC potential. There was no real practical reason, so to speak. It's just kind of a "toy" for me.
    
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"Worth" is a relative value.
The word should be banned on OCN.
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for gaming no for multi tasking yes, in general you couldnt go wrong with a quad although I cant see this generation of quads holding out long enough to see in when quads are truely utalised im guessing there will be somthing bigger and better about by the time this happens
^^^EXACTLY!!! QFT

The topic of this thread was just posted yesterday by someone else. The moral of the story is this: To the OP--you'll probably benefit more from a higher-clocking dual core now (i.e. E8xxx series) given what you do. Besides, by the time you'll honestly benefit from a quad (i.e. programs are properly written to take advantage of them), current generation quads will be long gone, so the idea of "getting a quad now in prep for the future" is silly. I'm not saying having a quad now is silly, but don't get an E6600 and think that in a year from now you won't need (translated:want) something faster or better...

Get the E8xxx, OC the hell out of it on air, and revel in how little time it takes to encode a DVD...
    
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