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Is a 2.8 Dual Core faster than a 3.2 hyperthread S478?

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Old 01-18-06, 12:39 AM Thread Starter   #1
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Is a 2.8 Dual Core faster than a 3.2 hyperthread S478?


Hi,

Without overclocking, is a 3.2ghz hyperthreading S478 faster than a 2.8 dual core?

Is dual core similar to hyperthreading? Is there a real world difference (with real applications, not benchmarking)?

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Old 01-18-06, 12:45 AM   #2
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In apps that are multithreaded you will see pretty large performance jump, but 3.2Ghz will be little faster in single threaded applications.
So if you use multithreaded applications I suggest upgrading to dual core. Otherwise its better to wait.

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Old 01-18-06, 12:47 AM Thread Starter   #3
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So in regular winxp pro, with mostly office applications, web browsing, email , some games, etc, the 3.2 northwood is faster than the 2.8 dual core.

Wow, I havent upgraded in 2.5 years. I am dying to upgrade but there is nothing worth going to.
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Old 01-18-06, 12:50 AM   #4
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So in regular winxp pro, with mostly office applications, web browsing, email , some games, etc, the 3.2 northwood is faster than the 2.8 dual core.

Wow, I havent upgraded in 2.5 years. I am dying to upgrade but there is nothing worth going to.
Well, the dual core will overclock higher than you processor can go.

Looks like you bought the fastest cpu available at the time. Without even overclocking, pretty much all the athlon 64's are faster than it.

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Old 01-18-06, 12:51 AM   #5
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Outside of multithreaded programs, there is another major advantage to dual core: multitasking.

As far as hyperthreading goes, it's beneficial for the same things, but can in no way compete with proper dual core or dual cpu systems.
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so yeah your good unless your not gaming or doing cad
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Old 01-18-06, 10:34 AM Thread Starter   #7
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I know this is the intel side, I went with AMD once with a XP1900. I was never impressed at all with it. I am a little hesitant in heading back that way & think I want to stick with an intel chipset.

I just bought a ATI X800 XT AGP card. Is there any way to get an AGP card to play nicely with a PCI Express card?

If I have the chance to buy a new PC without it costing me a nickel (recycling my old PC which is still pretty speedy), what could I get that would be faster than what I have?
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Wow, I havent upgraded in 2.5 years. I am dying to upgrade but there is nothing worth going to.
I think your right, keep waiting till something worth going to, gets here.
I'm sure your know it when it happens.

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