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Pentium D or Pentium 4 better?

By aege125
Aug 26, 2007
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  1. lets say the Pentium D was 3.0 GHz and the Pentium4 was 3.0 GHz as well, now which one would be better in terms of everyday use and gaming?

    Thanks in advance for those who respond
  2. thehacker

    thehacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 176

    Definitely Pentium D......:)
  3. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 205

    seeing that a pentium D is essentially two pentium 4's sandwiched together, I'd say pentium D.
  4. aege125

    aege125 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    for gaming as well? I thought game developers have difficulty re-coding their games because of 2 cores so most games dont support it or am i wrong. When playing games, doesnt it only use 1 core?

    More responses plz
  5. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    Pentium-D's are basically dual core Pentium-4's. they are newer and in general perform better than the [older, single core] Pentium-4's.

    if specs [besides core #] are the same then they will perform about the same when gaming (since most games are only single-threaded), but for everyday use the Pentium-D is far superior to the Pentium-4.

    with a single core CPU (Pentium-4) if you run a CPU-intensive application it pretty much bogs down the computer so much that you can't do anything else on it while it's running. but with a dual core CPU you can run two CPU intensive applications at the same time.

    now you know why the Pentium-D is better, but it doesn't stop there. you should be comparing model numbers, not clock speed. there are multiple models of Pentium-D's which run at the same clock speed but do not perform equally. for example a Pentium-D 930, 925, and 830 all run at 3.0GHz. the 925 and 930 are both superior to the 830 due to a faster FSB and larger L2 cache. the 930 adds [VT] virtualization technology, but for regular home PC and gaming use the 930 and 925 perform the same.

    :wave:
  6. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    It you can get a Core 2 Duo it would be highly recommend. They are much faster and better.
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