Dual core vs. single

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Are two processors better than one? The more the merrier?

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Dual core vs. single

Post by HomicidalBarber » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:25 pm

Ok welp Im getting a new computer when I graduate this spring. I want to get an AMX processor (And dont tell me to get intel because I am not changing my mind since those turds helped Apple) The question is Dual core or not. I know that dual core is better for multi-tasking, but over all which is better? Should I go with dual core or not? Opinions? Facts? Fiction? I will take it all. Thanks

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Post by Harshboy » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:27 pm

it doesnt matter really, but i'd go with dual-core

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Post by cowsgoquack101 » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:30 pm

Well one core is less than two right? Then go with the more!

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Post by HK-47 » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:53 pm

These are quite nice: AMD Athlon 64 X2 :)

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Post by gannon » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:57 pm

Only really matters if the software / os you use can support it

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Post by harad » Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:35 am

one core is better (you will have more cash for gpu)

two cores are good when you play with dvd/divx conversion, etc.
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Post by Sparkfist » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:12 am

Gannon's pointed out the only short coming with any multiprocessing CPU. I'd say just know that you should run either programs designed for the SMP operation or go with an OS that supports it.... Like OS X or linux or BSD.
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Post by sniper_spike » Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:52 am

Some benchmarks\reviews should help you decide:

The Quest for More Processing Power:
Part 1 http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/sh ... spx?i=2343
Part 2 http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/sh ... i=2377&p=1
Part 3 http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/sh ... spx?i=2419

AMD's dual core Opteron & Athlon 64 X2 - Server/Desktop Performance Preview
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/sh ... i=2397&p=1

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Post by teraflop122 » Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:45 pm

The Athlon X2 3800+ can be overclocked through the roof, and in my opinion is the best possible choice for a new processor. Quake 4 now has a ptach which makes it utilize both cores, and many more games will follow. Single-core will be the sempron/celeron of a few years from now.

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Post by HomicidalBarber » Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:37 pm

Thanks for your input guys, and nice poll whoever added that.

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Post by Metroid fan » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:20 pm

Two all the way because two is umm what cowsgoquack said...

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