Amd vs. Intel--Everquest

Galarion

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So ive allways been an avid amd fan, im a gamer, and they are cheaper and from my experiences perform better for that task...im not trying to start a debate on that. What i am asking is this: I play everquest, the MMoRPG...and when i play i usualy run 2-3 instances of it at the same time on my computer. It runs decent now, but what im wondering is would hyperthreading improve my performance, considering it against a comparable AMD cpu? Also, would a dual core machine improve performance, either an amd or intel one, on this, since its essentialy running multiple copies of the same program instead of multiple programs?

Thanks much

Galarion
 

fishmahn

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Since you're running multiple copies of it, that's definitely dual core territory. HT may help or harm. I'd guess, just like the 'stress test' (there is useful information there - just bad conclusions by the 'journalists' performing it), that it'll harm fps of the primary window, but if that still performs acceptably, then overall it helps because the background task isn't starved.

Mike.

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endyen

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In single core environments, HT may give a little extra, but would give slightly reduced perf in the first instance. That would change, if or when the chip began to throttle. Extra cooling, and the BTX form factor would mitigate some.
In dual cores, it would be a different story. Only the EE Intel would be able to come even close.
 

P4Man

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I don't play everquest.. but just how or why would you run mulitple instances at once ? You got three mice and three monitors and some impressive multicored brain ? :D

If you are just taskswitching between the apps, I guess it depends how many cpu cycles are being "wasted" on the inactive apps. Open up taskmanager, go to process and see what the cpu load is on the inactive windows. If it is low, bottleneck is elsewhere, like not enough RAM (my first thought), possbily even not even videoram. IF CPU load is fairly high on all three instances, indeed either HT or dual core might help.

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fishmahn

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I used to play EQ, and many people had multiple accounts and use 2 or 3 at once: One a trader 'mule' who just sits in the bazaar and sells stuff, and 2 (or more) 'active' players - one the primary, and one(s) that sits nearby and throws heal spells and the like. I never got that into it and only had one account.

Mike.

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