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Old 02-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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This is not something I plan to do, more a curiosity, but I was browsing the interwebs and I could get quad core opterons @2GHz for $100 each and a nice dual socket board for $150.

Does anyone know how this would compare to, say a 4GHz Phenom II?
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:23 PM   #2
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If the game doesn't use more than 4 threads then the Phenom should perform better. I just wish they would make it more clear as to how many cores games use. You could at least multitask like no other
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How did those original Dual CPU boards work when nothing was multi-core threaded?
They just divided threads?

What games are threaded for more than 4 cores? That would be cool with crysis.
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The thing is that if you have a single threaded game spread across 4 cores, performance will be equal to one of those cores even if the affinity is set to all cores. Each core will reach 25% max load at the same time.
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How did those original Dual CPU boards work when nothing was multi-core threaded?
They just divided threads?

What games are threaded for more than 4 cores? That would be cool with crysis.
i dont think crysis would take much of an advantage with a octo core

with even crysis running on only 2 of my cores, i still get basically the same performance..
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Hmmm.... there must be something it'd be good for.

Maybe put physX on four threads so a PhysX card isn't needed.
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Hmm, I don't really know much about PhysX so I can't really help you there.
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Hmmm.... there must be something it'd be good for.

Maybe put physX on four threads so a PhysX card isn't needed.
IMHO

i think PhysX cards are bogus and a waste of money

especially if you have a high end, high clocked quad core pumping your GPU
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PhysX is pretty cool if you play games that support it.

Try playing Mirrors Edge without it and you'll see what I mean.
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I've seen videos and it is impressive. I don't have any games that do support it though :/
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