Will old pc games benefit from intel core 2 duo technology?

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Will old pc games benefit from intel core 2 duo technology?

Post by flash110 » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:38 pm

Hi!, I just have a few a bit old games like age of empires or warcraft 2, I played them in my slow amd Duron 1300 at 1.2Ghz computer and remember altough i could play them they ran pretty slow. I´m considering an upgrade to a intel Core 2 duo like E4500 or higher which have a speed of over 2 Ghz, My question is if old games like these or even new games will benefit from both cores running at 2Ghz or they will only run as if it was a single core at 2Ghz, as far as I know core 2 helps a lot when performing multitasks like compressing movies or editing videos but will a single heavy application like games also benefit from both cores? Thanks in advance

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Re: Will old pc games benefit from intel core 2 duo technology?

Post by Zertz » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:15 pm

Those games won't benefit from having a second core available, but the processor's architecture is much more efficient so the games would run flawlessly. New games tend to have better support for muticore processors, but right now quad cores are overkill for gaming.

Basically, even if you disabled a core and clocked it down to 1.2Ghz, it would still be much faster than your Duron.

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Post by slugbug » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:40 am

I installed an old game the other day(Kingpin) and didn't notice any improvements compared to when I last ran it with Win 98 on an old P3. My rig uses an Opteron 165.

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Re: Will old pc games benefit from intel core 2 duo technology?

Post by T-Shirt » Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:57 am

Older games (actually any single threaded app.) don't directly benifit from multiple cores........BUT if your other processes/apps' are multicore capable (stuff like AV, firewalls, disk and network operations) they can be offloaded to the second core, leaving the first core avalable for the game to run at it's best possible speed/quality with out the slowdowns/pauses/etc. you may have had before.
We are at a transition point between having to have software written specifically to use multiple cores, vs O/S's caple of running a few steps ahead on every possible thread but only returning the ones that are needed.
Think of a simple maze game, you come to an intersection, and before you decide which way to go, the game (or O/S) has run the instructions if you turn left for a few steps on one core, the same for a right turn on another, straight ahead on another. as soon as you turn left it discards the other possibilities and begins running instructions for all the next possible scenarios. from your viewpoint the action is seamless.
In the near future (a few years) your computer CPU will have dozens to (maybe) 100's of relatively simple cores automatically doing this with all the software you use.
what you see in today's supercomputers/grid array's will be on your desktop.

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Post by ij70 » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:30 am

Am I the only one who thinks that running WarCraft 2 on anything with 1.2 GHz is more then enough?
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Post by ibleet » Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:51 pm

ij70 wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that running WarCraft 2 on anything with 1.2 GHz is more then enough?
Minimum requirement is P3 800mhz, recommended is P4 1.5Ghz so it should run just dandy with 1.2Ghz.

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Re: Will old pc games benefit from intel core 2 duo technology?

Post by ij70 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:12 pm

ibleet wrote:
ij70 wrote:Am I the only one who thinks that running WarCraft 2 on anything with 1.2 GHz is more then enough?
Minimum requirement is P3 800mhz, recommended is P4 1.5Ghz so it should run just dandy with 1.2Ghz.
Mine says:
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