OS X Chess

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AppleGoat, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    Lately, I've gotten back into chess. Given how CPU-intensive Chess is and how much of a sweat my machine works up -- is the challenge of the game in proportion to the speed of the processor? Say, you had two machines, one with a Core2Duo and another with the latest Hawell quad-core, would the computer with the Haswell chip offer a more challenging game of chess?
     
  2. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

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    In theory. In practice it's likely that the algorithm in that chess implementation is going to be the limiting factor.
     
  3. AppleGoat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks -- I thought about the software being the limiting factor. I would imagine a better chip will play faster though.
     
  4. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure the challenge the same. A faster CPU will just allow the computer take less time to decide on its move.
     
  5. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

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    Theoretically playing tight time limits with a slower chip might limit the computer's ability to explore trees, but I don't think it's going to be a real issue.
     

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