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    So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpu...o-games-need/1

    Bit-Tech has interesting bench comparing modern games on same CPU (Core i7 980X) with 1 to 6 cores enabled.
    They also made separate tests for nV & ATI cards to see how much it affects your need for cores, and overall they were pretty even, though both had at least one case where they excelled above the other (namely, nV did better on STALKER with only 1 core enabled in relation to more cores enabled, while ATI did better on BFBC2 with 1 or 2 cores enabled)

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    somewhat odd to me that in almost all games on both cards there was worse performance with 5 cores than with 4 or 6. also 6 cores quite often showed a drop on comparison with 4, though not as large in most cases as with 5 cores. its a slight drop in performance in both cases, but still fairly consistent. I would like to see the same test on an amd based system if they are capable of disabling individual cores as well.

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    Still only very small gains to be had with anything beyond 2 cores. Would have thought they could find some games that take advantage of more, they do exist, they're just not exactly flooding the market as yet.

    Still happy with my higher-clocked dual core. [thumbup]

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    Off topic: As many as you can get for CineBench.

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    From what that says we should all be happy with 2 cores. Gunna hang onto this q6600 for longer i guess.

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    They could've added in Dragon Age for some contrast.

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    Quote Originally posted by Snixtor View Post
    Still only very small gains to be had with anything beyond 2 cores. Would have thought they could find some games that take advantage of more, they do exist, they're just not exactly flooding the market as yet.

    Still happy with my higher-clocked dual core. [thumbup]
    Agreed. Maybe in a year or so there will be more games that utilize more cores, but for now with my setup it would be a waste. I've never run 1 cpu this long before, its sweet!

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    Looks like quad cores are the sweet spot, and I'm more than happy with my 920.... won't be changing it any time soon.

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    This test needs to be repeated with Core2 CPUs. A i7-980X is not going to act like a q9550 for instance....what I believe is happening is that with this high end of a CPU, additional cores are not needed for these games and in fact managing the overhead can be a detriment. However take a lower clocked, lower work per cycle cpu like a 3Ghz Core2 vintage CPU on a complex game with quad core support....different story.

    I had huge gains when comparing a q9950 and e8400 each at 3.2GHz on games like BFBC2 and Dirt 2.
    Last edited by ptaaty; July 9, 2010 at 01:35.

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    Re: So how many cores DO you need for gaming?

    Quote Originally posted by ptaaty View Post
    This test needs to be repeated with Core2 CPUs. A i7-980X is not going to act like a q9550 for instance....

    I had huge gains when comparing a q9950 and e8400 each at 3.2GHz on games like BFBC2 and Dirt 2.
    Are they strictly the same architecture though? Same cache, FSB, etc? The comparison is fair because the *only* difference is number of cores.

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