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Dual Core Processor-Advantages?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cwilmot, Oct 23, 2005.

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  1. cwilmot

    cwilmot Thread Starter

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    I am considering the purchase of a new computer. Under what circumstances would I enjoy significant advantages with a dual core processor? Can any of the readers speak from experience? TIA.
     
  2. inuyasha320

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    my friend webt from a
    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ to a
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

    and his bootup wasnt any faster.

    battlefield 2 didnt run any smoother



    3dmark 05 score was a lot higher

    photoshop was able to work with large images and make changes extremely fast


    adobe audition
    can load up a high quality 10 minute mp3 in less then 2 seconds
     
  3. zzz

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    The "main" advantage of a dual core processor is "multi-tasking". It's like having (2) processors. So if you run more than one program (Photoshop?) and ("Word"?) at the same time they don't compete for bandwidth.
    A single core 3800 and a dual core 3800 will run at about the same speed (until you start another program.)

    Good luck,
    zzz
    >edit; If you run anti-virus it helps all the time.
     
  4. ClubMan

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    Surely multithreaded applications should be able to exploit dual cores/processors and potentially run faster than on a single core/processor PC (assuming they are not I/O bound and competing for I/O resources)?
     
  5. crjdriver

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    It depends on what you are going to use it for. If you are going to be doing CAD, Maya, photoshop type of apps, then it would work well for you. If you are going to be using the system for gaming, then go with an FX core or a single core 4000+
     
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