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Dual vs. Quad Gaming... help me straighten things out

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I would like to just preface this by saying I am sorry for possible re-asking a common question, but I'd rather get it straight.

I was on reddit recently, and somehow got myself into a dual vs quad gaming debate. (you can see it here) Though I'm fairly confident that I am correct, I do want to know other people's input on this whole issue.

You can probably figure it all out reading the post, and I just want to know what OCN's opinions are on it. I'm jamorama, btw...

-uKnighted

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ep33n is larger w/ quad core...sorry can't link you w/ any facts
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most games (especially DX11 capable games) coming out these days do very much support at least 4 threads. As far as i'm concerned, if you're gaming, there's no question. Quad-core, minimum.
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With the quads being priced as they are these days, I don't see any reason not to pick one up.
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Get a quad, get rid of that headache.

I sometimes HATE my CPU.

Better future proofing too.
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Originally Posted by yang88she View Post
ep33n is larger w/ quad core...sorry can't link you w/ any facts
lol...
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Originally Posted by T3h_Ch33z_Muncha View Post
most games (especially DX11 capable games) coming out these days do very much support at least 4 threads. As far as i'm concerned, if you're gaming, there's no question. Quad-core, minimum.
hm... just in case, does he have a point that I'm missing though? (assuming you read the whole convers...)
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Get a quad, get rid of that headache.

I sometimes HATE my CPU.

Better future proofing too.
I have one (sig), but I do want to know if my facts are correct, before possibly making a fool out of myself

(Crap. Accidental dbl post)
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Quad Core is better for gaming now days. All the new games are using 4 threads, why buy a dual core? Even the games that use only 2 threads who cares if the Quad core is a tiny bit slower. Buy the quad core unless you want old technology.
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Quad Core is better for gaming now days. All the new games are using 4 threads, why buy a dual core? Even the games that use only 2 threads who cares if the Quad core is a tiny bit slower. Buy the quad core unless you want old technology.
I already use a 2500k, but I'm asking more on a possible future build basis (say, for friends), and to fact check before making any more claims. You can probably see he's pretty stubborn on his "facts", which is why I'm half annoyed/half curious.
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I think your point is right but you need to focus on the timeframe those games were released (the ones that don't matter if it's a quad or a dual).

Most of them, If I recall correctly, are 2007 at least and yes those games runs great on dual cores but since then there has been an extraordinary evolution to the utilization of more than 4 threads so nowdays a quad core is vital to get those games running.

The same applies to the indie companies but since they are on low budget and their focuse is very diferent, their 2 to 4 cores game design transition is evidently slower.

As there is a bunch of games that uses 4+ threads there is also a bunch of games that were designed for only 2 cores (ie Starcraft 2) but today is not the rule anymore.

In plain text, both are right, 2 cores is "still" useful for gaming but it tends to be less and less as quad cores takes its place (as will happen with the 4-8 cores transition).

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