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Dual Core is still fast enough to handle future game??

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December 16, 2009 8:15:23 PM

Core i3 is going to be release and I want to know is it worth to buy it or instead AM3 Phenom II x4 925 which is cost $140.99 on newegg.com.. I know core i3 is a beast overclocker but it just a dual-core with HT.. And HT hurt game performance a lot right?
December 16, 2009 9:26:02 PM

dual core is definetly still fine

its all about a video card
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December 17, 2009 3:05:42 AM

Nah, dual core is going the way of the dinosaur. Almost every game being ported from the consoles (theres a lot of them) need quad core for max potential. in addition, most high-budget games are going quad as well.
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December 17, 2009 4:54:58 AM

where that leaves the tri-cores?
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December 17, 2009 5:19:18 AM

The i3 will probably be decent, but pretty much all future games are going to be optimized for quad cores.
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December 17, 2009 1:02:07 PM

I don't buy anything at launch and wait at least months for prices to cool and for glitch issues, if any, to get fixed. If you need something now, AMDs are the better value CPUs,
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December 17, 2009 1:05:14 PM

Quad for future proof.
I would rather go for an Athlon II 630 over any faster dual as beyond this cpu power it goes mostly on videocard.
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December 18, 2009 12:00:57 AM

Personally I would get an AMD quad over an Intel dual, and from what I've heard and the research I've done I3 doesn't have hyperthreading.
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December 18, 2009 12:48:38 AM

makotech222 said:
Nah, dual core is going the way of the dinosaur. Almost every game being ported from the consoles (theres a lot of them) need quad core for max potential. in addition, most high-budget games are going quad as well.


I believe that's mostly due to the fact that ports from consoles are often horribly optimized for PCs
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December 18, 2009 4:42:28 AM

bovis said:
I believe that's mostly due to the fact that ports from consoles are often horribly optimized for PCs


How about the fact the console games are designed to run on more than 2 cores because modern consoles have more than 2 cores.
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December 18, 2009 4:57:17 AM

loneninja said:
How about the fact the console games are designed to run on more than 2 cores because modern consoles have more than 2 cores.


You can't compare a console cpu chip and a PC cpu chip because they have different technologies.

The PS3 cell processor chip isn't anything remotely similar to CPU chips.

The Xbox360 Xeon processor also can't be compared to a CPU chip...it may have 3 cores running at 3.2GHz, but it's definitely less capable performing the certain tasks even a single core CoreSolo CPU can perform.


And of course, both the 360 and PS3 graphics engine are inferior compared to computer graphics cards.
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December 18, 2009 8:59:10 AM

Don't get a dual core CPU anymore.

AMD quads or even i5-750 are much better value for money.
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December 18, 2009 10:04:06 AM

dual cores are the realm of word crunchers and web browsing these days
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