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Hyper threading...worth buying?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tjohnsimon, Feb 25, 2004.

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  1. tjohnsimon

    tjohnsimon Thread Starter

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    Is it really worth to spend money for hyperthreading?. I played two video files in windows media & real player in a regular & in hyper thread m/c I could not find any difference.

    What would be the future of existing pentium P4 processor, whether every one has to move to 64 bit platform, Is it advisable to upgrade to a P4 -32 processor now or postpone the same.


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  2. rmay635703

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    Exactly, most modern systems running 1.4ghz and above really don't run normal tasks any differently from another.

    Now onto hyperthreading, its a good idea that in reality doesn't really help very much with performance. (ie not really worth it unless you must have that last FPS in you fav game)

    As for 64bit I doubt everyone will be forced into it any time soon, it will gradually phase in sort of like the 32bit instructions when the 386 was released in 85. You didn't NEED a 32bit platform until around 95 or about 10years after its release.

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  3. Jtoast

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    The reason it doesn't help all that much right now is that the software must be optimized to use hyperthreading.

    You can tell a pretty big difference with Photoshop and many video rendering programs that were already optimized for dual processor support.

    It really depends on what your doing.
     
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