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question about dual core processors

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    joinmeindeath417 New Member

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    So today i just got an AMD 3800+ dual core processor (Socket AM2) um can anyone tell me why its better to have dual core, cause i dont really get any proformance increase or at least it doesnt seem like it...keep in mind im not running Windows xp 64-bit edition and i basically shelled out my case made this one (new mobo and processor and ram ect) and used my existing windows copy on the HDD
     
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    You can do multiple tasks faster without slowdown...and it's futureproof(kinda)
     
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    Yeah, the 3800+ is probably equal in single thread performance to a 3400-3600+'ish processor. Like AZN said, dual core's power is in your ability to multitask. I think there are a few games that support multiple threads, and when more come out, you will really notice the difference, but for now it really is future proofing. Socket AM2 should be around a while, and all the processors that are out for AM2 are more or less copies of the 939 versions with a DDR2 controller to fill the SKU's for AM2 while we wait for an answer to Conroe.
     
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    The X2 3800+ is actually equal to the AMD Athlon 64 3200+, both 2.0Ghz, but the X2 3800+ has twice the L1 and L2 Cache, which gives it slightly better performance in some single-core apps. The games that support dual-core(multi-thread) that I know of are Quake IV and Call of Duty 2. Maybe a few others with new patches too. You have AM2, so the new AM3 processors coming out 2007 I believe will work on AM2 boards, but without DDR3.
     
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    Its for that rush you get when you know you're playing oblivion at 60fps while encoding a dvd.......

    dual core will really pay off in a few years (im hoping sooner) as more and more dual threaded apps come out.

    for example, rendering in 3ds max with a dual core proc totally rocks. its like having 4ghz of processing power at your fingertips. amazing.
     

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