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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).

Cheers.
I certainly see your point there. Since I personally upgraded from a dual, I probably applied more of my actual experience than factual evidence. I'm pretty sure though that I made the point that quad cores are better, rather then dual cores aren't capable of gaming.
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post #12 of 39
Here's a good article on how many cores are needed for gaming:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...o-games-need/1
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For me a Dual is more than enough for what I do but If i was to SLI or get a more powerfull GPU, Id need a Quad but 775 Quads are almost as expensive as Sandybridge in Australia :/

More games are starting to optimize for Quads better like Ballad Of Gay Tony (GTA4 Expansion)
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You NEED quad core to call yourself a gamer, if you are building now.

For example, if you have a Core 2 Duo you can still be a gamer, but if you are building now then a REAL GAMER would use quad core.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Saints Row 2, both are good games, neither run properly at all without Quad Core.

Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.5GHz
GTA4 = 20FPS
SR2 = 20FPS

Just basically fail.
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At the moment I think it will be many years before threads of more than 4 are supported widely. So get a quad-core. They are a must for gaming regardless of what you're playing. Any of the older games that only use a dual core are old. Meaning that they are gonna run fine on todays tech anyways.

TL;DR get a quadcore, they're better.
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Originally Posted by WaterMelnKidd View Post
You NEED quad core to call yourself a gamer, if you are building now.

For example, if you have a Core 2 Duo you can still be a gamer, but if you are building now then a REAL GAMER would use quad core.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Saints Row 2, both are good games, neither run properly at all without Quad Core.

Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.5GHz
GTA4 = 20FPS
SR2 = 20FPS

Just basically fail.
A real gamer? Don't bother even using that term. People who play online shooters like Battlefield 2 and the COD series consider themselves real gamers. So do people who are into Doom, Diablo, Ultima 9 and all sorts of hard out old school games. The point is, the term is subjective. I would rephrase and say that the 'modern gamer' should/does use a quad core.

In saying that however, I can still run pretty much any game on our spare machine with the E8400 @ 4GHz and the 4890 on high settings with no problems at all. (I don't play any of the DX11 titles yet) As soon as some big flash new CPU comes out, for some reason a large majority of people suddenly believe that anything before these new chips is obsolete and incapable of running anything, which is absolutely not true. A well tuned dual core machine with a capable video card can still perform excellently.
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Must be a crap Dual Core, I get 25-40FPS at 1920X1080 with all things high and view Distance 74..

GTA4 EFLC....
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post #18 of 39
Quad cores are better in gaming than dual cores. It's also a lot easier to remove a bottleneck in an SLI or crossfire setup compared to a dual core.
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post #19 of 39
I sit here happily with my 6 cores

Quads in this day and age are a must, ESPECIALLY if you run more then one GPU...
post #20 of 39
obviously many game take good advantage of a quad core, but in many, even some of the newest, a dual core already can keep a hign enough framerate, and so you can max out the details and use your VGA potential quite well,
but this varies a lot obviously, a e8x00 or an i3 (and this one have a slightly help from the HT support) at 4ghz is MUCH stronger than a athlon II X2 at 2.8ghz,

so a fast dual core is not useless for gaming, even in 2011, BUT for anyone choosing a CPU right now, with so many inexpensive options with more than 2 cores, its really not a good choice to buy a dual core
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