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post #11 of 40
Age of Empires II minimized, Guild Wars Minimized, Gaim running, Yahoo IM running, Spybot SD running, 2 Firefox windows minimized, this one open.
All on a single core with Hyper threading, and a Geforce 5500.
Who needs duel cores indeed.
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Dual cores a great for lots of things. I have been doing nothing but testing for the last week ( i.e triple prime and 3dmark05 ) and have been finishing an average of 1 500 frame WU with folding@home everyday. Dual core rocks!
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Exactly, you guys who can't afford one, keep tellin yourselves you don't need it, its all right.
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What are those games that are dual-core compatible? I want to see some benches of the games comparing dual core against single core.
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i have dual core, its awsome, true, you cant see much more power than with a 3.0ghz+ solo, but i really see a difference when running half-life 2, COD2, and F.E.A.R. at the same time, in game (and posting on the forums)lol

i got it mainly for the server programs that i run.
i run 3 teamspeak servers, and 2 Mirc servers at all times.

just went onto my p4 EE and when i ran FEAR it took up 100% Max of the CPU power

on my Pentium D it hasnt gotten past 85%
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Basicaly all Real Time Strat games will run MUCH better on a dual core CPU. Even older RTS games. While the graphics are processed by the Vid Card and CPU together all the little AIs controlling all the little guys on the screen are controlled by the CPU. Your CPU can bottleneck your Vid Card badly and you will be lucky to see 4 or 5 FPS on Lord of the Relms III when there are 400 AIs on screen being controlled by the CPU. With my Dual Core CPU I can have the graphics turned all the way up and run at 50+FPS without any slow down after I build up the armies.

It doesnt matter how good your Video Card is if your CPU is useing 80% of its resorces running AIs. If your into RTS games you realy need a Dual Core, or you will have to turn down all the Video settings before you build your armies up.
post #17 of 40
dual cores rules ...even though i dont have one... i do have a great idea of what its capable of...i use workstations at work which are dual processors ...dual cores match the performance of dual processing..the only way a single core will outperform a dual core is through clock speed for gaming ...unless the dual core is overclocked at a higher clockspeed hehhe
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post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by aero52788
actually there are like 3 games out right now that will use dual core.
And I can play all 3 of those games with full graphics turned up. Like I said, it's not for today, it's more for tommorrow. However, when dual core is actually "needed", I won't be on socket 939 and DDR. That's why I suggest people buy single core for now, it's just my opinion.
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post #19 of 40
this link is kinda old but it should give you an idea of where a single core , dual core , dual processor stands against each other...oh and a dual core dual processor hehehe

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...ate_gaming_pc/
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post #20 of 40
A dual core runs clock for clock the same FPS as a single core(2.7 vs 2.7 ) with the same video cards.And that is thanks to nvidia and there drivers designed for dual core.

Additionally the dualk core allows you to rip DVD,Or Cd and convert music or fold at full power while you game.So to say Dual core is not today means you only run single demanding tasks 1 at a time and thats fine,,BUT if the not for today crowed had a dual core i am pretty sure they would take advantage of the extra resources.

Dual core is it . Best of both worlds packaged in one chip . .
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