CPU scaling in games with dual and quad core processors

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  1. Guru3D News

    Guru3D News Ancient Guru

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    CPU scaling in games with dual and quad core processors

    Guru3D takes 10 modern dual- & quad core processors and then fires off a dozen of games at them in combo with a high-end graphics card, what processors are faster and what processor offers the most value; that's the generic red line of the article ....

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    wow really great i like all the colors lol :p, Real interesting read i am going to upgrade to a faster core 2 duo, and without doubt its going to be the 8400. Great work as always!
     
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    nice article....really informative for the newbie. i feel better about my 5600+X2 now =]

    funny how just the other day i was posting at another forum where people were like "to run Crysis on "very high" settings you MUST have a C2D clocked to at least 2.8ghz or a quad core processor." some posters were actually telling the original poster he NEEDED a processor change.

    this was advice given to someone with an AMD 6000+. i was like 'o rly no one has told my computer yet because it runs Crysis just fine!'

    although not on very high thanks to my video card, not my processor

    good article
     
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    Great article!
    It does beg the questions though, how much difference in fps would you get with a new nehalem cpu? and would it be worth investing in one from a purely gaming point of view? no doubt intel will be asking huge sums for bloomfield when it arrives.
     

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    Really interesting article! That "games released over the past 12 months" doesn't completely fit the games tested though, no?

    It would have been really interesting to see Assassins Creed or the upcoming Mass Effect, as they are known/supposed to be very CPU-bound. Maybe you can add these to the test next month or so?! :)
     
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    Great Article Hilbert
    Must have been painful though, i just wish you could've SLIed two Ultras together for 1920*1200 and up
     
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    nice article, helps to clear some things.

    generally, RTS are the more CPU bound type of games compared to shooters.
     
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    I would love to see minimum frames in this comparison, as well as maybe 9800gx2 tested. This is what I consider relevant comparing CPU's, but maybe it's just me...
     
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    He said he had problems with the 9800GX2 on some CPUs hence why he didn't do it with that card (so the result remained valid)
     
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    Well, then just minimum frames, as I am certain they are completely different from average framerate in such comparison.
     

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    Great article. Maybe if you could have incorporated a test with one of the source engine games (counterstrike source, hl2 etc), since they are said to be massively cpu bound and to that maybe some overclocked results of the q6600 and the phenom 9850.
     
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    well if it has a GPU + CPU bulit in like the rumors say then...maby it can would with your videocard ......just a theroy base on rumors lol
     
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    Really good article man. Great read. It gave me renewed faith in my E6400 @ 3.3Ghz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great!:banana:
     
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    :3eyes: Are you high? Or are you an Eskimo??? A theroy, ha ha. I love it.
    +1 to this dude.
     
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    Great article!

    What about a 'CPU Chart' like the new 'VGA Charts'?
     

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    Do my processor! :D lol
     
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    That is why I'll stick with my current CPU, at least until some decent priced Nehalems hit the shelves. Good read.
     
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    Definitely a good read. However, I would have liked to have seen how the AMD X2 3800 up to X2 4800 cpu's compared since a lot of people here are using those in their gaming rigs. There has been some debate in the forums about just how much of a bottleneck there is with older AMD X2 cpu's and current high end GPU's while running the latest games.
     
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    You should've tried supcom with seven hard AI opponents 8)
     
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    Most games are always going to be GPU bound.. throwing more cores doesn't mean more frames and I don't think it ever will. Didn't DX10 actually reduce CPU overhead significantly? If games are going to be "more" multi-core then they are going to have to be actually be doing something else on those spare cores.
    I'm guessing that would be physics or AI.. but with things like geometry shaders and GPU based physics used to create more and more visuals without the need for CPU intervention... are games moving to use the CPU less?
    I suppose all that's left is the AI, what else does the CPU need to be doing on other cores?

    edit: yep.... fixed.
     
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