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Dualcore Equivelant?

by bkral / June 15, 2007 8:23 AM PDT

Ok. I'm sort of new to the whole Dualcore scene.

When a game says it requires a 3.4ghz processor, it's referring to a single core processor, no?

So if I run an Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (2.0ghz dualcore.), what would happen if i try to run it. Since not many people have 3.4 "dualcores", seeing as those are horribly expensive and normally just OC'ed 3.0's.

Will the fact that it's a dualcore make up for the lack of the top end 3.4ghz. Since 3.4ghz is what's recommended to run the Game + OS + Background services. Where as a Dualcore has 2.0ghz devoted to the game and then 2.ghz devoted to OS + background services?

Does this makes sense? Or am i completely wrong?

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Just fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Dualcore Equivelant?

The GHz rating can't be used once we leave the Pentium 4 camp. For instance to compare the GHz on a Centrino we just double the GHz on the Centrino to guess what the same speed P4 would be.

There is a similar multiplier for your AMD X2 CPU but let's just say it's more than enough CPU.


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by bkral / June 15, 2007 10:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Just fine.

running an athlon 3800+ (2ghz dual core.)


256MB NVIDIA Geforce 7300LE

should be enough for midrange games shouldn't it?

2gigs of ram as well.

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See that 3800+ ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 12:21 PM PDT
In reply to: games?

That's AMD's clue as to the equivilent Pentium 4 GHz speed.

Nice rig!


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Could be better
by kpo6969 / June 17, 2007 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: See that 3800+ ?

The 7300LE is a $50.00 card. It takes 128mb of your system's ram. Don't get me wrong it's ok but if you are into gaming at all you'll want to upgrade at some point. For Vista, 3.8 for Aero and 3.2 for Gaming Graphics(with 2GB ram).

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Beats some that show up here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2007 5:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Could be better

Imagine those with that 6200 wonder card.


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I happen to have a 6200 on my new XP PC.
by Kees Bakker / June 17, 2007 5:18 AM PDT

Nothing wrong with it, as long as you don't use it for gaming, I'd say. The Vista Upgrade Advisor even approves it for Aero.


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Keyword = Gamer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2007 5:22 AM PDT

AKA "thin wallet."

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Spend more on the video card...
by fbbbb / June 17, 2007 9:08 AM PDT
In reply to: games?

... and you should be OK. Depends on what games you want to play really, but in most cases the graphics card matters more than the CPU. The X2 3800+ is no wonder chip these days, but given sufficient graphical resources it should be able to tackle 'midrange' games.

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