Forumites - I want your thoughts please.
Having had a quick look at this road map for Intel cpu's and seeing in general that both major cpu manufacturers are going for dual core solutions, I was a wondering (theoretically),
What apps will benefit from the $530 3.2ghz dual core over the $600 3.8ghz single core? (disregarding the Q2 price for 670).
I can believe that the dual core would run multiple applications/programs better (quicker), but I don't believe that gaming would benefit unless programmers can utilise the power of both cores (rather like dual cpu motherboards).
After all, it seems a waste to take up valuable die space, with a second core plus cache, if it's not going to be fully used. Or am I jumping the gun and programming will "catch up" with the chip technology quicker than I assume?
For example will windows xp64 take advantage of dual cores?
Can you overclock one core yet leave the other at stock speeds? What about memory speed? (bearing in mind on chip memory controllers)
Have we got close to the limit of what x86 architecture allows at 90nm with regards to clock speed, therefore the chip companies are pushing dual core chips?
Educate me please as I was thinking I may skip AMD 64 939 single core and look at a dual core solution (my current cpu xp2500 @ 3200).
I wanna know what you think!
P.S. I play games mostly - no encoding etc.
P.P.S Please No Intel V AMD nonsense fGs. Plenty of single V dual core nonsense though! :devilish