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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