As I've mentioned, I'm shopping around for a new computer. I anticipate making the purchase in the fall, when the new Intel processors are released.
I don't use the computer for anything fancy. The only application I run that takes up significant resources is Flight Simulator. It's a processor hog (much more than a video card hog). I'll be running Flight Simulator 2004, since the edition that just came out doesn't even run well on high end machines.
So here is the question... Flight Simulator 2004 is not coded to make use of a dual core processor. The people on the flight simulator boards say that you shouldn't really get an advantage by having a Core 2 Duo. I then asked the following question:
Will you get faster performance with a Pentium D 3.4 ghz or a Core 2 Duo at 2.4 ghz?
After saying that a dual core won't help, I was told that a Core 2 Duo would be faster, with no explanation.
Can someone explain to me if, and why, this is true? Is it just a matter of the larger cache with the ability to multi-task over two cores?