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More cores or More Speed
on May 6, 2008 at 11:37:07 pm

Are more cores at a slower speed better than less cores at faster speed?

two 2.0G quadcores xeon vs one 2.8 quadcore xeon.

and how much does 32-bit vs 64-bit effect this question

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Re: More cores or More Speed
on May 9, 2008 at 5:04:26 am

It depends on the app you are using. Programs that are multicore aware AND IF you have enough RAM will run all four cores at full speed will get more done quicker than dual cores.

My personal opinion is at this time 64-bit only has an advantage when you have over 4 GB of RAM and the apps you use need lots of RAM or you run lots of apps at the same time. Like Photoshop, After Effects, Vegas all open at once.

Only a few games at this time are multicore enabled so a faster dual core is better. On the other hand, many NLEs are multicore aware and can really speed up rendering with 4 cores. After Effects can also use 4 cores.

Personally, I start with the fastest quad-core CPU and work down until I find something I can afford.

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