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Quad core vs Dual core

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by m1k3y123, Nov 17, 2010.

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  1. m1k3y123

    m1k3y123 Thread Starter

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    Basically i'm not a computer expert I know the basic/intermediate knowledge of a computer and would like some tips. Im into my gaming, not very competitive gaming so none of the popular CoD games and such but games such as WoW, WarRock, RisingForceOnline and such others but I came across a dilemma. What would be better for gaming, a quad core processor, or a dual core processor. The processor's I speak of are the

    AMD ATHLON II X4 635 AM3 Quad Core Processor 4 x 2.9Ghz

    And the

    AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 255 3.10GHz

    I'm a bit unsure of how this all works out because the quad core has 4 x 2.9Ghz processors therfore a total of 11.6Ghz, and the Dual core would equal 6.2Ghz. Could some explain to me how all of this works and which would be better for my situation?

    Thankyou

    Mike
     
  2. Courtneyc

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    First, the quad-core has 4 2.9GHz processors equal to 4 2.9GHz processors. They are not accumulative. Don't mistake this.

    The average Windows program is written for one processor. That program will use one processor, regardless of how many you have in your system. Windows is not like Linux. The operating system doesn't control processor use, the individual programs do.

    WoW has been optimized for use with multiple processors. But it hasn't been written from the ground up to support them.

    In WoW's case, you will see better performance on the dual-core listed than the quad-core, provided you are not doing anything else on the computer at the time.

    In short, multiple processors optimize using multiple programs (that actually use the processor in the first place). They don't optimize the speed of a single process. Don't add up processors for speed. It doesn't work that way.

    Courtney
     
  3. m1k3y123

    m1k3y123 Thread Starter

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    Thankyou for your reply

    Mike
     
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