will i see a much of a difference in gaming running a tri core under xp pro? as i have heard about problems with multi threaded games. i want faster than the 5000+ the 6400+ would be fast enough but its almost double the power consumption.
What's wrong with overclocking a Brisbane to 3.1-3.3? The problem with the 2.4 GHz tri core is that it also gobbles up lots of power - I could almost swear the hidden 4th core is drawing power, and you certainly won't find those individual cores to be faster than a 6400+ at gaming.
I would rate it at decent on the basis that quads are not totally necessary....they are just a luxuary until we start seeing more definitive titles requiring quads. If the next HL needs a Quad....then Quads become essential imo
Its not super slow, and it can handle background on single thread games.