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Pentium 4 641+ 3.2GHz Dual-Core versus Core 2 Duo E4500

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May 11, 2009 5:03:46 PM

As the title says...P4 or Core 2 Duo?
I have 2 PCs, one with P4 and the other one with E4500. What is the best one for gaming? I'm talking only about the CPU...the other components are almost the same.
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May 11, 2009 5:37:35 PM


Stock speed: C2D
Overclocked: More C2D

The Core 2 architecture is far ahead of the Pentium architecture - so much so in fact that a 3.73GHz P4 is easily beaten by a 2.4GHz C2D in almost everything. Get the Core 2.
May 11, 2009 5:52:45 PM

Thanks a lot! even if C2D has less speed, it will perform better than P4 because of it's architecture?
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May 11, 2009 6:16:40 PM

May 26, 2009 4:08:29 AM

The Core2 beats out P4 mainly because of the fact that Core2 CPUs actually have 2 cores, whereas a P4 even touted as "Dual-Core" is in fact, a single-core CPU that tricks the OS into thinking that it has 2 cores. My girlfriend's new computer that I built has a 2.8GHz Core2, and I have a P4 Dual-Core 3.2GHz (OC to 3.5GHz), and hers beats mine every step of the way. Gaming, Vista rating, everything.

Of course, you could spend an extra $50 or so and get a Core2 Quad, same idea as the P4 as it tricks the OS into thinking it has more cores, but this time it thinks it has 4 instead of 2 :p 
May 26, 2009 4:32:24 AM

cjl is correct on this one, since the Core 2 architechure is faster and newer than the PD 641 that chip should perform better.
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May 26, 2009 12:36:40 PM

Disable one core on a core2, and the core2, clock for clock, is still faster. Of course, since your not doing that, the core2 will simply own.
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May 30, 2009 1:02:08 AM

WRONG! A core 2 quad h as four physical processors on die.
May 30, 2009 1:11:33 AM

^ He is comparing the Core 2 DUO E4500, not Core 2 Quad.
December 31, 2012 1:50:21 PM

core 2 duo e6400 @ 2.13 ghz smashes p4 3.20 ghz's head