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#1 VROSA

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 01:03 PM

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We spoke with many developers including some big names and we learned that they canít make much sense out of quad or more core CPUs. They confirm that they can put two cores to good use but not much more. The main problem is that the performance is far from scalable.

Full article here: http://www.theinquir...x?article=34916

Gamers are a quite big market segment disputed by both Intel and AMD. Both appeal a lot to game performance to convince customers... :pray:

What are your thoughts ?

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 01:22 PM

I think it's in both Intel and AMD's intrerest to to do what they need to to help game writers take advantage of more than 2 cores. You're right. Gamers are a good chunk of people who would buy these processors. If the game won't take advantage of the extra processors, then I think not as many people will buy them.

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:01 PM

not just games, but other apps as well. i was running two dual core cpus on an smp board for awhile, but found that using two higher clocked single cores in their place did more work, as in single threaded apps, and at a faster pace. untill we see more apps taking advantage of these multi cores, i would recommend hanging on to your pennies... :pray:

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:04 PM

Its not really that surprising, I dont expect new games to take advantage of 4 cores for a good while....

It is a bit odd the ps3, and x-box 360 have more then 2 cores, i guess they figured the more cores the better... The ps3 has a ton of cores...

Edited by godless, 19 October 2006 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 20 October 2006 - 02:17 AM

Trouble is, pennies is all that I have. I am working to upgrade from my 3800 X2 (939) :lol: so the idea of a quad core is somewhere out beyond Pluto...talker. :pray:

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 01:26 PM

I don't think many of us will be that surprised. I mean how many games out there now take full advantage of two cores? I only know of one or two ...

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 05:44 PM

Heres the problem this poses... At the expense of more cores and cranking up the demands on video cards we all get screwed in the end. We have to buy multi core cpus to help with the ungodly power that GPU's now are capable of ...what happens when cpu makers keep raising that bar and the game developers cant keep up or find no gains in it...you have power hungry components which do the same as its Dual or Single core counter parts...

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 06:17 PM

I think the game industry is virtually not able to be maxed out. There will always be more they can do to increase the quality. Now, that may involve longer programming time frames which could raise the price of the end product.

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 08:48 PM

This was pretty impressive and it's all about how quad-core will affect gaming.

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 09:20 PM

View Postbanj0, on Oct 20 2006, 01:48 PM, said:

This was pretty impressive and it's all about how quad-core will affect gaming.

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so all games will look this good, or ones that are multi threaded? and which games are these? i don't have audio here at work atm, so i might have missed any spoken info in the link regarding my reply :)

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 09:30 PM

:) Yeah, there was an Intel guy speaking through that demo about how quad-core processors are going to be a HUGE lift to games.

That game is "Alan Wake", coming out for XBox360 and Vista machines only.

Edited by banj0, 20 October 2006 - 09:31 PM.


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Posted 20 October 2006 - 09:49 PM

thanks banj0 :talker: very cool looking, indeed. is this with onboard intel graphics?

















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(oh god, it is? :) )

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:02 PM

It's the new HaikuCA series of onboard Intel graphics. :talker: :)

JK. With the AMD/ATI merger, I'm guessing it's nVidia but I don't think they say. If so, I just missed it. The developer talks about how the quad-core procs will be able to deliver so much realism.

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:06 PM

:talker: well there ya' go! :)

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 01:48 AM

I'm still scared about the price which is like $1,000... That video is amazing though, and I finally get to see water in DX10. :)




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