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July 27, 2010 10:54:36 PM

Would upgrading a dual core to a quad core in general increase Framerate and game smoothness in games that utilize multi cores like fallout 3 and gta iv far cry 2 and such? (i have a AMD Athlon x2 5050e/ wanted to upgrade to AMD phenom II x4 940) for the moment i get decent fps in most areas however would it increase the minimium fps i get and smooth out certain areas in games like explosions and draw distances? when i use can you run it on some games it gets past the miniumum but it doesnt get into the recommended settings. And the windows rating is 5.1 while the rest of my things are maxed at 5.9.
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July 27, 2010 11:14:19 PM

If some games can use 3 or more cores, then a quad will help. But, increasing the clock rate on a duo can help also.
What is hard to figure out is how much help will you actually get.

To get a little insight to this, run these two tests:

1) Run your games, but reduce the resolution and eye candy to a minimum. This will simulate what will happen if you upgrade to a stronger graphics card. If your FPS improves, it indicates that your cpu is capable of driving a stronger graphics card to higher levels of FPS.

2) Keeping your graphics resolution and settings the same, reduce your cpu power. Do this by removing the overclock, or by using windows power management to set a maximum cpu% of perhaps 70%. If your FPS drops significantly, it indicates that your current cpu is a limiting factor, and that a faster cpu would help.

This can't determine what a quad will do, but you will gain some idea of the relationship of cpu and graphics.
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July 27, 2010 11:14:24 PM

Short answer, Yes Phenom II x4 will be faster than your Athlon x2.

But to confirm please tell us the rest of your system specs..


Your GPU will be a serious factor in the Min FPS you are getting, but a x4 can help in multi-threaded games
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July 27, 2010 11:17:33 PM

I have a MSI MS-7548 (Aspen) motherboard
Sapphire 1gb 5770 hd GPU
320 gb Hitachi HD
700 w RAidmax PSU
Windows Vista 64 bit
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July 28, 2010 12:10:10 AM

What resolution are you using?
July 28, 2010 3:34:05 AM

My native resolution is 1360 x 768 on a samsung Syncmaster 933n
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July 28, 2010 3:47:23 AM

bro the athlon x2 5050e is very weak, a phenom II 940 would be vastly superior to it and if you do have the money I wouldnt hesitate in replacing it, also judging by your memory you would be getting a 940 for pretty cheap since it would be going on an am2+ socket motherboard am I right?
only 118 dollars free shipping for the 940

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July 28, 2010 7:20:28 AM

When i upgraded from e6750 2.66 to q9550 2.83ghz i did not got a single flps improvement in games

Quite clearly the CPU was not your bottleneck then. Also, Athlon X2 5050 to Phenom X4 940 is a MUCH bigger jump in CPU speed than the one you made. OP's CPU is definitely holding back the full potential of his 5770.
July 28, 2010 8:05:04 AM

Yea as of a few minutes i just purchased my 940 so i hope i wont be dissapointed. Just need to find a heatsink for it now :) 
July 28, 2010 8:08:02 AM

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July 28, 2010 8:08:22 AM

I guess a core number increase is not going to smoothen out scenarios which comprise of explosions and such.. A higher clock setting will surely help.. Although, i too would say that your current CPU is not powerful enough and will bottleneck on higher graphic settings.. As an additional note, switch to windows 7.. Vista is a hell ground for low end hardware..