Quad-Core CPU For Gaming? Forget About It…

It is very tempting to get the quad-core CPU for your computer, since it is the latest technology and you get the chance to boost to your friend about how powerful quad-core is.

If for gaming purpose, I would strongly advise not to get the quad-core. The reason being:

  1. You can get to enjoy higher clock speed at a much cheaper price. A 3.0 GHz dual core CPU priced at $279.99 can only get you a 2.4 GHz quad-core CPU whereas a 3.0 GHz quad-core can buy you 4 dual-core CPUs. Do your math and you will know which one is better.
  2. The current games in the market are better optimized for dual core. Though some of the latest games are optimized to quad-core, you don’t really see much improvement in performance.

It just doesn’t make sense to me to spend a great deal of money to get the latest technology and not utilize it fully. Until the time when quad-core CPU becomes more affordable with most games optimized to utilize it, there is really no compelling reason for me to upgrade.

What do you think?