Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
I bought my quad as a review I read at the time (Dual vs Quad) showed eff all gains from a quad except in, Lost World iirc that had a 'core patch' which allowed the game to use all the cores. When this was applied the FPS shot up and the dual core was pwnd.
The article indicted this was the future (reference made to the 'quad core optimised code of Crysis' - yeah, right) so I bought.
I personally feel that the Dual core processors, same scale as the Quad family, with same caches and some single core superpi performance - will cope equally with the same game.
Would also hazard a guess that if a single core processor were available of the same flavor it would do pretty much the same, OS variables aside. It`d have to superpi (for or as an example) the same.
Similarly if u look at the cpu farms Intel and AMD, the AMD variants, even tho not benching as well, can wipe the floor with games just as well. Maybe they`d change my 20-25% usage to 30-40 or something, but they`re certainly not going to be out of their depth or shouldn`t be considered a non gaming choice.
EDIT: This is all `at this moment in time` of course, incase any1 wants to poke me in the eye in 5 years time. (games might come around by then lol)