I've been slowly waiting for parts for my PC to come on sale and Newegg has a special on 2 GB of DDR2 memory for $30 after rebate and I'll most likely get it. This has made me come to the realization, they may put a processor or motherboard on sale and I need to know which processor I'm going to buy. So basically, for gaming is a Core 2 Quad going to do anything more than a Core 2 Duo? I'm thinking about buying the newest Intel Core 2 Duo (E8400 I think) and as I recall it's about $270 which is a little more than a Core 2 Quad (Q6600 I believe). Being within this reasonable of a price range, the Quad core is now one I'm considering. Does anyone happen to have benchmarks? I was at a small local computer store and briefly glanced at a chart which ranked a Q6600 the fourth from the best with all the ones above it being Core 2 Extremes (And this list had like 50 processors on it). I don't think it's recent though as the E8400 was not on there nor the 6x50's. I understand basically that on a C2D, one core runs backround software and the other runs the program so how exactly does a C2Q work? Any advice or info would be appreciated, thanks :)
OK, but wash it first
24th November 2003
Single threaded games will not perform any better on a quad core than on a similarly clocked dual core CPU. Most games today are still single threaded. Here is an example: What it comes down to is, for gaming, a faster clock (when comparing CPU's with similar architecture) is going to win (almost) every time. When it come to rendering or encoding tasks (3DS Max, WinRAR, Excel etc) a quad core is going to win, (almost) regardless of clock speed.
I'm too cool to Post
17th July 2003
Games are just starting to come out that are designed to work with a dual core.
Might be 6 months to a year before games to support quads appear.
That said I remember a Crysis interview where the developers said the game would scale to however many cores were available.
Maybe its disabled til a later patch?
Revenge was here.
25th April 2007
E8400 will be a wise choice for gaming, I recommend it with a good mobo and a good cooler. You can overclock it to 4Ghz easy
I highly dislike overclocking as to me it seems entirely stupid and an unecessary risk. I don't plan on overclocking at all.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
There's nothing really dangerous about overclocking unless you go messing around with voltages without knowing what your doing. If your overclock is too high, your computer will most likely lock up, reset itself, or just refuse to boot.
Its a fairly easy and quick way to get some more speed out of your computer when you want it.
The Intel chips already perform great without OCing so I'm not going to overclock an Intel. AMDs are the ones that need to since they can't match the performance, no need in risking a processor if there's no need for it. What difference will 200 or 300 MHz even make? Hardly any noticeable difference.
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21st January 2008
It makes a difference when you overclock from something like 2.4 to 3.2, especially on a quad, Which you can do safely with adequet cooling. Im not going to get into a war between AMD and Intel. But im enjoying Intels robustness and i havent had any problems with mine overclocked. Its currently sitting at 2.8 till i get another heatsink, stock doesnt do it properly.