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Which CPU best for emulators

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
July 9, 2010 10:00:00 PM


i'm new in tom's hardware and i must say it's the best page for everything about hardware :)  great work :) 

my question, as you can read, kinda unusual for this page (better asked in the emulator's forum i know), is about i5 430M vs i7 720QM, very good laptop CPU's, which is better for running emulators (dolphin and pcsx2), the emulators uses only 2 cores i know, but who has used them i hope would tell me

sorry if someone has asked a similar question like this before :ange: 

thnx again :D 

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July 9, 2010 10:42:25 PM

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July 10, 2010 6:33:19 AM

Welcome to the forums!

If you strictly run emulators, the i5 will do the job easily. The i5 you are looking at has 2 physical cores and it has 2 logical cores, i.e. it can handle 4 total threads. If you play other games that are graphics intensive and/or do a lot of video work, I'd go with the 720 (8 total threads). It will cost a bit more, but the added cores would help you out in those areas and in general day to day tasks in regard to speed.

All in all, if you have a fair amount to spend, shoot for the 720. But if you are on a budget, the i5 will do just fine in regard to emulators.
July 10, 2010 6:30:09 PM

thnx 4 the info :) 

a stupid question i'll say, but can you "manually" turn on turbo boost for 2 core work or the apps do it automaticly when using the 2 cores only...

i'm asking this because emulators use only 2 cores, so, i need most of it :p  i think 720QM is a hell of a good CPU :p