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Quad-Core A Must For Gaming

Intel's Ronen Zohar talks about the future of quad-core gaming.

Intel’s Ronen Zohar talks about the future of quad-core gaming.

Zohar said the home edition of Windows XP automatically detects the four cores in Kentsfield.

Zohar said the home edition of Windows XP automatically detects the four cores in Kentsfield.

Futuremark's quad-core capable Ice Storm Fighters will eventually be sold as a playable game.

Futuremark’s quad-core capable Ice Storm Fighters will eventually be sold as a playable game.

CPU cores can be turned on and off during the demo. Zohar showed how choppy things could get with only two cores.

CPU cores can be turned on and off during the demo. Zohar showed how choppy things could get with only two cores.

The graphical effects, like the water reflections in this scene, are the smoothest when all four cores are running.

The graphical effects, like the water reflections in this scene, are the smoothest when all four cores are running.

Zohar showed how the demo takes advantage of the quad-cores. One core is helping show the current frame while other cores are busy rendering the upcoming frames. Then a simple flip operation is performed.

Zohar showed how the demo takes advantage of the quad-cores. One core is helping show the current frame while other cores are busy rendering the upcoming frames. Then a simple flip operation is performed.

Ice Storm Fighters running inside of Intel's vTune thread analyzer. The program shows what threads are taking up the most time and helps developers optimize their game code.

Ice Storm Fighters running inside of Intel’s vTune thread analyzer. The program shows what threads are taking up the most time and helps developers optimize their game code.

vTune's analysis showed this one thread is taking up the most CPU cycles.

vTune’s analysis showed this one thread is taking up the most CPU cycles.