Originally Posted by PP Mguire
At 50% on a quad core that is like around half use of each core. Meaning it can't fully utilize all four cores properly. Just certain threads are being prioritized to run on a separate core just can't fully utilize all the power. A stock 3960x has kind of a lower clock speed so increasing to 4 cores would show improvement but most of that would be from background tasks having more cores to run on and more room for the game. Hard to explain how it works really.
So all in all, an i3 with a high clock speed can run any game just as good as any other processor out at the moment as long as your not doing a whole bunch of other things at the same time. I wan't to try streaming which I've heard is very CPU intensive so when I decide to upgrade I guess I should get an i5 at least. Guessing even an i7 would help a lot with streaming with the HT.
PP Check out my thread in Gaming Section, curious of your opinion on it.