Core 2 Duo vs Core 2 Quad - Multi-Core In The Real World

Article Index
Core 2 Duo vs Core 2 Quad
Overclocking the Quad-Core
Synthetic Quad vs Duo Performance
Multi-Core In The Real World
Multi-Core Gaming

Multi-Core In The Real World:

The following applications were not necessarily hand-picked because they show multi-core performance increases.  We did try to round up some applications that took advantage of multiple cores, but please realize that dual-core and multi-threaded applications are still becoming popular.  In the future we will likely see greater gains from more than two cores, but for now, well, it's the real world.

Adobe Premier & Photoshop

Audio Conversion

ConvertX to DVD

DivX & Quicktime

DVD Shrink

WinRAR File Compression

On the last page we'll take a look at gaming performance and then cover a few other ideas before we wrap things up.