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HCW Reviews Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 "Wolfdale"

HCW writes: "I've said it before, and I'll say it again. In terms of gaming performance, the CPU is not nearly as significant as the video card being used. Not even close. In order to get anything more than a marginal performance difference in these tests, we have to crank down the quality to the point where you might as well not be playing the games at all. I mean who will ever want to play Unreal Tournament 3 in 800x600?

That is one reason we prefer to look at sub-$200 processors like these. Rather than drop a bundle on an expensive quad-core CPU, it would be much better to take that extra budget and put it into a better video card.

However, games are beginning to rely more and more on the processor for things like AI, physics, and game logic, so multithreaded performance is still important. Therefore, we can't just dismiss gaming performance entirely."

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