I want to upgrade my computer, but I am in doubt which configuration I should take: a single cpu configuation of a multiple cpu configuation. So I am looking for some kind of benchmark with a Athlon MP configuation running Games, like Quake III, EverQuest and (with the beta of) DOOM III.
Does anyone know a location where this is explored?
In most cases, running games on a dual-CPU system won't make any difference...unless the game is specifically optimized for it(dunno if there are any SMP/multithreading-optimized games...it'll be only a handful... if any)
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Oh, according to several websites explaining Multiple CPU-systems, it depends on the number of threads in a program. Every thread can be handled by a CPU. I took a game like D2: Lord of destruction and I saw that it works with 11 threads, even 15 when hosting a mulitplayer game. And the latter is what I am interested about: Better performance then playing (and hosting) games. And since the system req. for (at least the beta of) DOOM III are very high, I wouldn't be suprised if DOOM III is multiple CPU compatible.
Or is this a too simple way of thinking? Perhaps are the threads not so easely divided in the available CPU's? And is it possible to assign the OS to CPU #1 and a program solely on CPU #2?
It's too bad that a dual (or more) CPU system is expensive, otherwise I could just find out myself. Anyone here selling one ?