Does Starcraft II benefit for multiple cores?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by flipangle, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. flipangle macrumors regular

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    I recently bought Starcraft II only to find out that it won't run on my late 2006 iMac.:( I need a computer upgrade. Will Starcraft run better on a lower clocked multicore computer or a higher clocked single core or fewer core computer? I may consider building a Windows box but more likely I would stay with Mac and would consider the 2.8 gHz iMac quad core, 3.2 gHz single core iMac, or 2.4 gHz octo core Mac Pro. Given what I've heard about the bad Mac drivers, I would most likely run it on Windows using Boot Camp. Thanks!
     
  2. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    If the code is anything like WoW, it will use two cores -- one for rendering and one for sound processing.

    I plan to get Starcraft II to use in my benchmarking suite. I'll monitor the CPU and memory usage. If it's different from what I hypothesized, I'll post it here.
     
  3. HiRez macrumors 603

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    It uses multiple cores, yes. At least two, on both my iMac and my MBP. And it still runs like poop. It has to be a driver issue or bug/memory leak, my iMac can run WoW at high-ish settings at over 200 fps (at the native screen res) but Starcraft 2 on the same machine is unusable on all but the lowest settings.
     

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