Duo or Quad

By kal_lmn ·
Well, with all of the activity of my recent question on building a computer, I thought I would throw a lighter question out here.

Which processor would be better for gaming, as I do not know much about processors as it is. A Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33 GHz, or a Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz.

I know games need speed, so the E8600 looks good, but do the extra cores of the Quad make it better?

Simple answers are all I am asking for, but feel free to provide detailed answers if you wish.

Thanks again in advance.

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It all depends on the gaming software itself ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Duo or Quad

When the average modern computer game first starts up there are various splash screens that appear. Rather than simply being forms of advertising, they tend to indicate what the software itself is capable of making the most of.

The startup screens for 'Crysis: Warhead' for example, feature the usual Nvidia splash screen but also a screen saying 'Runs better with Intel Core 2 Duo inside'. My own E8500 3.16GHz handles Warhead very smoothly indeed.

There are a gradually increasing number of games that make use of the second core, thereby increasing the impact of the game on the user. I don't know of any games at present that have been coded specifically for a quad-core cpu.

It all comes down to product sales - the more copies of a program that can be sold, the better. Until there are more users with quad-core systems than users with dual-core, the gaming industry will home in on the Core 2 Duo machines.

I would suspect that in the global scheme of things, there are far more users with single-core machines than anything else worldwide. Dual-core systems are now being acknowledged by the gaming programmers catering for dual-core implementation within the game code.

I suspect specific quad-core coding is still some way off. :)


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its up to you....

by ---TK--- In reply to Duo or Quad

Its a catch 22... because like to post above stated, most games are programed for only 1 or 2 cores...

But I have a couple friends that currently game with the Q6700 & Q6600 quad cores and they sware up and down that the games are hiting all cores... And I have watched their task manager, and all 4 cores are spiking during game play... So its a a toss up...

Personally I always build for the future and try to anticipate things... I would go for the Quad core...

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