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Old 02-10-2008, 12:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
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sli's boost depends on the application actually, and so far the boost sucks compared to what it was advertised as. And Crysis IS quad-core optimized. That's coming from Crytek. You may only see a slight difference at lower res, but at higher res quad helps out a lot. They recommend more cores over more speed b/c its multi-threaded meaning more cores = better performance. And most every game that's come out in the last year has been duo-core optimized, and crysis is one of the first to be quad optimized. It's the wave of the future, just like every other couple years. Duo will soon be a thing of the past, buying duo now would be like buying a single core a year and a half ago. Fine if you plan to upgrade every year or so, but for future proofing quad is the way to go.
Crysis isn't quad-core optimized. They talked about it forever, but people have run CPU usage programs while playing the game and it only utilizes 2 cores.
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Crysis isn't quad-core optimized. They talked about it forever, but people have run CPU usage programs while playing the game and it only utilizes 2 cores.
There's already benchmarks of a q6600@3.6 and a e8400 @4.2 and they get about the same at lower res in Crysis, but at higher res the q6600 comes out a few fps higher. It's not that the game uses more cpu power than a dual-core can handle, its that its multi-threaded meaning a quad will be under less load. Less load = better performance. I'm not the expert here, this is just what i've researched.

Basically, right now when overclocked they'll peform about the same, but with the e8400 you get to say you have a higher clock speed and paid a few dollars less. 6 months to a year down the line when games utilize quads specifically, and they will, the dual-core users will be lacking performance. So e8400 if you have no problem upgrading every year, q6600 if you don't want to upgrade for a long time.
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