CPU in-game performance

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For a long time I have used user benchmark to compare CPUs and decide what is best for my PC, however, I have always presumed that single core performance is all that matters to gaming, and wanted to check if quad core or even multi core scores are more or less important than single core performance.

Thank you in advance.
 

androbourne

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It depends solely on the game in question... Games that has DX11 enabled can use more then one core more effectly then games on DX10. DX10 would be more single core performance and DX11 and higher is leaning towards Single/Multicore performance. As Microsoft and game releases more updates for DX11 and future DX versions, it will be more multicore related then ever.

I'd honestly fine something in between. Like an intel 8700k has multicores and still strong single core performance which will protect you from the latest DX updates for years to come.
 

luckymatt42

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It very much used to be the case that gaming = single thread. That is definitely NOT true these days. Certainly some games are better than others at utilizing cores/threads, but most will utilize at least "some" cores. We've had 4c/8t processors for YEARS, and it's just now that they are in wide enough adoption that many game makers can assume that all computers that will run their software/game will have at least 4 total "threads" available.
 

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