Major_A wrote:The reason I decided to go Quad was video encoding. I have been doing a lot of video encoding lately and I noticed a huge difference over my C2D E6750 @ 3.8Ghz. With everything else I've noticed little to no change.
Video encoding is one thing that really takes advantage of lots of cores. But honestly, for most gaming and home applications, 4 cores isn't going to help a whole lot. For right now you're better off with a higher clocked dual core than a lower clocked quad core.
That said, if you're spending the money to upgrade you might as well go quad. I'll be doing a Core i7 upgrade sometime this year even though I don't really have anything that will take advantage of 4 cores. I mostly want to switch because of the new architecture.
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