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Dual Core Vs. Single Core For Gaming

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#1 GottaHaveFaith


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Posted 19 March 2006 - 06:17 PM

Hi everyone. I have to decide which processor to get for the new rig im building.

I was looking at the AMD Athlon 64 3800+ for $282

but as i scrolled down i noticed that the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ is only $13 more.

Now im confused.

A little info for you:

I want this rig mainly for gaming, MMORPGs and other games like F.E.A.R., etc...

I have seen benchmarks where the dual cores beat out the single cores. But i heard someone mention that dual cores dont currently help with gaming performance, and in fact hinder it.

So i turn to you.

Help inform me please.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 11:43 PM

For only $13 more, I'd go with the dual core. It's like having two of the single cores running at the same time. I don't know why they would hinder game performence, though I don't own a dual core, so I can't say from experience. The part about not helping performence could be in refrence to graphics, which would make it true, as the graphics card handles that separately form the processor.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 11:56 PM

Dual core enables more processes to run well at a time. Windows recognizes them as dual processors.

Whether you need that for gaming is questionable, but if you run a lot of open aps/windows you definitely do.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 02:36 AM

The normal 3800+ runs at 2.4 GHz with 512 KB L2 cache. Since games only use one of the cores the X2 3800+ will look, to the game, like an old 3200+, with 2.0 GHz and 512 KB L2 cache. If your going to do something processor heavy in the background, then you would win on having a dual-core, otherwise you would loose quite some perfromance. For you to go over to dual-core without loosing performance, you would have to jump all the way up to a X2 4600+ @ $550.

Edited by Mr Alpha, 20 March 2006 - 02:38 AM.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 09:49 AM

Dual core is an investment for the future. Not all applications make use of the dual core technology - but as it becomes more common this will start to happen.
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