View Full Version : Dual core CPUs and games

08-27-04, 03:35 PM
With dual core CPUs on the very near horizon, and AI and Physicics becoming more and more important.. are game devs going to be able to get serious boosts from the dual core CPUs? Like maybe one core could handle AI/Physics the other could do everything else.

Don't know much about it but, seems like we could see a large performance boost from dual core.

08-27-04, 06:35 PM
I would think it would be a huge performance boost over a single core processor (obviously) and even moreso over a dual CPU system. Since both cores are on the same die, they would be able to use the same memory controller and thus wouldn't have the bottle necks sending data back and forth between the two CPUs.

They will probably be able to share cache too...I imagine that dual core is going to be fricking enormous in impact on computers as a whole.

08-27-04, 06:47 PM
it would depend on how popular it gets. im sure that if it goes mainstream, game developers would somehow try to utilize a dual processor setup. but im my opinion, dual setups on current games would probably only help to alleviate some of the nongaming cpu processing (ie background/other programs).

08-27-04, 08:00 PM
dual cores have their own cache IIRC from the links i posted on the front page...at I think the dual K8's. They also have their own mem controller IIRC.

08-27-04, 11:45 PM
Two heads are always better than one :)