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Old September 16, 2012, 11:00 PM
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HYPERTHREADING IS USELESs IN GAMING?
meaning, buying a pentium is no difference from i3 if put in gaming situations?
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Old September 16, 2012, 11:12 PM
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Yea pretty much unless the game can actually take advantage of the HT feature take a look at this graph:


from: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rk,3268-7.html

You can see the pentium is right near the i3 in GW2.
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Old September 17, 2012, 01:44 AM
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Totally depends on how many threads the game is designed to use.

Anything that is single threaded will see 0 difference.. 2 threads MAY see some slight improvements as you will have other processes running at the same time etc etc.
Anything that can use 2+ threads will see a difference (depending also on how cpu intensive it is)
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Old September 17, 2012, 04:25 AM
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Depends on the game and how it is designed to run. Generally speaking you are right that hyped threading does very little in games. However, I am sure there are some games designed to run 4 threads that would run better on i3 than pentium. Generally games are not optimized for more than 4 threads.
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Old September 17, 2012, 06:24 AM
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HT between the G850 and i3 can help in some games:
Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review. Page 4 - X-bit labs
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...mark,3120.html

When you start thinking i5 vs i7 however the difference is much less (to the point where 100MHz of overclock would be more noticeable), but with dual cores the difference is there. If I was in the market for a low-end gaming machine I'd probably go for this or wait for AMD's Piledriver CPUs to hit the desktop:
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220
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Old September 17, 2012, 02:35 PM
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HT may help or hurt, depending on thread affinity. So, case by case bases, but generally there is a trend in compilers to increase thread affinity.
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Old September 17, 2012, 03:26 PM
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My fathers computer is a Asus P5Q with a P4 3.0 and and an 8600 GPU. passive cooled


Its Its hypertheaded more by acadent than design at the time.

It also has XP 32

Works fine fore him. He does Photos and Email and document printing mostly


What he does could all be done on laptop, and wants to Buy one

Only problem is he wants USB 3, BluRay, and a Nvidia graphics card

But he doesn't want to spend lots of money.

So my point is if you want a laptop ...
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Hyperthreading increases temperatures, but does turning it off actually increase stability as well, ignoring temps as a variable for the sake of argument.

As a game ever taken advantage of hyperthreading?
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