Core 2 Duo v. Quad Core

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by new2this09, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. new2this09 macrumors newbie

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    Given the facts on the new iMac's are true... Duo's are the new setup.

    So if I'm gaming with COD4 on a new 24" iMac (3.06GHz, maxed 8GB, and what I assume will be a 512mb video card), what is the difference between Core 2 Duo and the Quad Cores?

    Is one 'better' than the other?

    Thanks.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Core 2 Duo x 2 = Core 2 Quad

    I beat my friend by a few seconds vs. an E6600 with my Q6600 in games. Not that it matters.
     
  4. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502

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    The Quad, running at a lower clock speed (say...2.8 GHz) will only beat the DUO if the code is written for SMP. If not, then the DUO will beat the quad because both will only use one core, and the duo has a higher clock speed.

    The quads have more cache though, so it may be pretty close. The average user does not need a quad, Duo is just fine. In fact, single is fine for most people.

    For gaming, a Duo is good because one core can run the AI and the other can render. Most games are written for SMP.

    Its really up to you, but I would just go with the Duo.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Tell that to someone that can get a $499 quad core from Dell.
     
  6. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502

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    Haha, you got me. I'm talking mac tho ;)
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Apple is kind enough not to offer Celeron and Pentium Dual-Core.
     
  8. new2this09 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks.

    So new 24" iMac it is tomorrow... I hope.

    Thanks everyone.
     

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