question about computer processors

htotheh

Diabloii.Net Member
question about computer processors

hey everyone! hows everybody doing?

the game tom clancy's splinter cell requires Athlon/Pentium 1.4ghz + (aside for video card and such) but would it run on intel duo core processor?
anyway, as a general question, if a game requires a specific type of processor with xGHz and a specific kind of video card with yMB then would it run on a computer with a different type of processor (having xGHz and yMB vid card as well)?

Thanks!

Also, what laptops offer Athlon processors? I've looked at dell.com for a new laptop for college, and they seem to only have pentium and intel duo core...
 

SuggestiveName

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Basic answer is "Yes." And it would almost certainly run on a duo core processor, thems is fast.

As for Athalons in laptops, I know Acer uses them, and possibly also HP.
 

ffejrxx

Diabloii.Net Member
when game specs are written, minimums will allow the game to play (sometimes not very good), recommendeds will make it play alot better
when they refer to a pentium processor, x.xghz is generally pretty close to the x.xxx+ number on amd processors, to get your actual processor speed run dxdiag, on the main page after processor itll say ~x.xghz
 

bg1256

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Isn't HP one of those dreaded brands of laptop? Or am I thinking of another one?
I have an HP notebook, and it's great for what I need. I bought it cheap, and it does all my basic office work just fine.

It's underwhelming power-wise, but like I said, it does what I need it to do.

At htotheh, HP desktops do use Athlon processors, but I've not seen an HP notebook which uses Athlon.

Compaq notesbooks do use them, however.



 

SuggestiveName

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Yeah, for awhile. But at Best Buy, for example, Compaqs are still sold as such. I'm sure they'll phase that out eventually, but for now, they're still using the name, and most people don't know that.
They are being sold as "HP Compaqs."



 

htotheh

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if a game requires, let's say, Athlon 2.0GHz processor, then would it also run (with the same performance) on a Turion or Centrino 2.0GHz? or a Duo/Dual Core 1.6 or something?
 

SquareRootOfBob

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When a game says it requires "xxxxx 2.0 GHz," they're just giving you a ballpark of the speed your processor will need to be to be able to handle the demands of the game.
 

ffejrxx

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it depends on how much spyware/adware/virus are on your computer, lots of programs running in the background will lower your preformance
 

Athelstan

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if a game requires, let's say, Athlon 2.0GHz processor, then would it also run (with the same performance) on a Turion or Centrino 2.0GHz? or a Duo/Dual Core 1.6 or something?
Duo Core is fairly new, and most games are not optimized to utilize these processors. However, for the most parts, most games will play around 10% faster using Duo Core. I will be buying a new computer in a few weeks, and I want to play Oblivion and World of Warcraft, among other games, so I've been doing my homework. You can do some googling; I know there are some websites that tell you how to optimize and tweak different games for better gameplay using the new Duo Cores.



 
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