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December 13, 2010 3:09:22 AM

A few years ago, people argued that video games wouldn't use more than Two cores/threads for at least a decade! Now there are a slew of games like GTA4, Far Cry 2, Flight Simulator 10, etc.. which are optimized for Four cores/threads.

Could you write up a list of all of the PC games which use Four CPU threads?

When games use more than Four threads, will the Core i7's hyper-threading help fill this gap?
December 13, 2010 3:50:36 AM

Core i7's are already powerful enough to play most games that will be developed in the next few years. It will be a while before games are optimized to use more than 4 cores, but that day will come. The hyperthreading on the i7's should help fill the gap, even though they will never be as powerful as additional cores (1 core w/HT < 2 core). I decided to get the i7 860. It should help it last longer as an acceptable processor for most games.


List of Quad Core optimized games.
Note:It is important to note that these games offer a serious performance increase when upgrading to a quad core from a dual core,and not from a triple core.

Football Manager 2010 (unconfirmed)
HAWX (confirmed)
Battlefield Bad Company 2(confirmed)
Supreme Commander(confirmed)
Supreme Commander Forged Alliance(confirmed)
Supreme Commander 2(confirmed)
Resident Evil 5 (confirmed)
Prototype(confirmed)
Grand Theft Auto IV(confirmed)
Left 4 Dead(confirmed)
Left 4 Dead 2(confirmed)
Far Cry 2(confirmed)
Dragon Age:o rigins(confirmed)
Flight Simulator x(confirmed)
Devil May Cry 4(confirmed)
Lost Planet(confirmed)
Lost Planet 2(confirmed)
Company of Heroes series(confirmed)
World in Conflict(confirmed)
Medal of Honor Airborne(confirmed)
Call of Duty World at War(confirmed)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2(unconfirmed)
ARMA 2(confirmed)
Stranglehold(confirmed)
Empre Total War (patch 1.3)(unconfirmed)
DIRT(unconfirmed)
DIRT 2(confirmed)
Brother in Arms: Hells Highway(confirmed)
future Source Engine games(confirmed)
future Unreal Engine 3 games(confirmed)
Unreal Tournament 3(confirmed)
GRID(confirmed)
The Sims 3(confirmed)
Anno 1404(confirmed)
Batman Arkham Asylum(confirmed)
Shattered horizon (confirmed)
Red faction:Guerrilla (unconfirmed)
Assassin's Creed 2(unconfirmed)
Tomb Raider Underworld (unconfirmed)
The Last Remnant(unconfirmed)
Aliens vs Predators (unconfirmed)
Operation Flashpoint 2:D ragon Rising (unconfirmed)
Prince of Persia (unconfirmed)

http://www.grandtheftpc.com/2010/03/list-of-quad-core-o...
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December 13, 2010 3:55:47 AM

I haven't seen such a complete list yet but of flight simulators Rise of Flight will use a quad core and the upcoming Battle of Britain :Storms of War (very close to release) I am sure is optimized for many cores too.Of course so will Microsoft's upcoming Microsoft Flight.
Hyperthreading definitely helps FSX with better frame rates.

Edit excellent list Dougx1317
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December 14, 2010 3:31:48 AM

Dougx1317 said:
Core i7's are already powerful enough to play most games that will be developed in the next few years. It will be a while before games are optimized to use more than 4 cores, but that day will come. The hyperthreading on the i7's should help fill the gap, even though they will never be as powerful as additional cores (1 core w/HT < 2 core). I decided to get the i7 860. It should help it last longer as an acceptable processor for most games.


List of Quad Core optimized games.
Note:It is important to note that these games offer a serious performance increase when upgrading to a quad core from a dual core,and not from a triple core.

Football Manager 2010 (unconfirmed)
HAWX (confirmed)
Battlefield Bad Company 2(confirmed)
Supreme Commander(confirmed)
Supreme Commander Forged Alliance(confirmed)
Supreme Commander 2(confirmed)
Resident Evil 5 (confirmed)
Prototype(confirmed)
Grand Theft Auto IV(confirmed)
Left 4 Dead(confirmed)
Left 4 Dead 2(confirmed)
Far Cry 2(confirmed)
Dragon Age:o rigins(confirmed)
Flight Simulator x(confirmed)
Devil May Cry 4(confirmed)
Lost Planet(confirmed)
Lost Planet 2(confirmed)
Company of Heroes series(confirmed)
World in Conflict(confirmed)
Medal of Honor Airborne(confirmed)
Call of Duty World at War(confirmed)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2(unconfirmed)
ARMA 2(confirmed)
Stranglehold(confirmed)
Empre Total War (patch 1.3)(unconfirmed)
DIRT(unconfirmed)
DIRT 2(confirmed)
Brother in Arms: Hells Highway(confirmed)
future Source Engine games(confirmed)
future Unreal Engine 3 games(confirmed)
Unreal Tournament 3(confirmed)
GRID(confirmed)
The Sims 3(confirmed)
Anno 1404(confirmed)
Batman Arkham Asylum(confirmed)
Shattered horizon (confirmed)
Red faction:Guerrilla (unconfirmed)
Assassin's Creed 2(unconfirmed)
Tomb Raider Underworld (unconfirmed)
The Last Remnant(unconfirmed)
Aliens vs Predators (unconfirmed)
Operation Flashpoint 2:D ragon Rising (unconfirmed)
Prince of Persia (unconfirmed)

http://www.grandtheftpc.com/2010/03/list-of-quad-core-o...


Is that why Far Cry 2 runs at many times the framerate at high resolutions compared to Crysis?
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December 14, 2010 8:16:15 PM

Who the hell said it would take a decade? Nobody thats who.
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