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Yep! QFTW!! <---can we make that a new saying..

I've really never been dissapointed with my Quad. The only thing that erks me about mine, when me and the girlfriend are playing COD, here dually box always loads the maps quicker.. Other then that, the Quad wins!!
overclock higher than her!
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overclock higher than her!
It is!
But I do have SMP and GPU2 going on this machine..I bet that's the difference. She's only got 1x SMP going..
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But I have RAID and she doesn't..
In my experience map loading is more a function of the HDD. I went from a really old WD to an old 150GB Raptor and I now wait for people. Whereas before, the round had always started, really old WD.
    
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My understanding is that for single threaded applications it is the CPU speed that is more important
Come on guys... There is so much more to CPU performance than simply the number of cores, and of course a quad can be a bottleneck, try 4870CF on an AMD quad
thing about it is that no matter what program i load on vista 64 it seems to be multi threaded.. I realy dont know where this "single threaded app" comes from... Some programs will load up 4 cores more than others, but I still see activity on all 4 cores..

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Most people bash quads because of their low cpu speed.
But i saw this is a forum devoted to overclocking so whos running their
quads at a measly 2.4ghz? I mean its still fast but 3.4ghz is so much faster
Which is basically on par with any other cpu single core or dual.
Other than higher fsb rating which doesn't make much of a difference because you either don't need the speed or you already have it like me.
    
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QUICK QUESTION!

Does the current dual and quad core cpu match clock for clock? i mean would 1Ghz Q6600 complete the same set of instructions in the same amount of time compared to a 1Ghz E8400 when only ONE core is being used?
    
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I don't think so. The FSB on the E8400 is higher than the Q6600. (1333 vs. 1066)

Might be slightly faster. Not 100% sure though.
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Hey Karma, the loading difference could be due to her having lower settings so it loads quicker.
Other then that..somethings messed up. >.<
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I'm playing around with my new Xeon X3350 (same thing as a Q9450) at 3.6GHz and there are certainly cases where it is faster than my E8400 was. However, there are just as many sintuations where my E8400 @ 4GHz beats my new quad.

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thing about it is that no matter what program i load on vista 64 it seems to be multi threaded.. I realy dont know where this "single threaded app" comes from... Some programs will load up 4 cores more than others, but I still see activity on all 4 cores..
The activity on other cores from a single threaded app is incidental, a problem with how taskmanager reports CPU use, or because of drifting core affinity.

If nothing else is running, a quad (or even a dual) will have no advantage in single-threaded apps, and most apps are still single threaded. However, rarely is nothing else running and a significant minority of apps are multi-threaded.

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QUICK QUESTION!

Does the current dual and quad core cpu match clock for clock? i mean would 1Ghz Q6600 complete the same set of instructions in the same amount of time compared to a 1Ghz E8400 when only ONE core is being used?
Core for core, clock for clock the 45nm chips are roughly 5-10% faster than the 65nm chips.

A 1Ghz E8400 would be faster than a 1GHz Q6600 in anything that used no more than two threads.
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Hey Karma, the loading difference could be due to her having lower settings so it loads quicker.
Other then that..somethings messed up. >.<
You know what, now that I think about that, yeah it probably is. Mine is maxed out on 1680x1050, her's is on 1440x900, on medium settings.(7800GT)

Thanks.
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