The folks over at HardSpell have tested new DX10 shooter Lost Planet across dual core and quad core platforms, including a couple that have been nicely overclocked.
Running Lost planet on an Nvidia 8600 card, the 2.4GHz quad system was able to outperform the 4GHz dual core system - and the heavily overclocked 4GHz quad kicked the butt of both of them.
Running on an 8800 GTX, the results put a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo at 50 frames per second, a 4GHz C2D at 80, 2.4GHz Quad at 84 and the 4GHz Quad at a stonking 129.
Lost Planet has been heavily optimised for threading since the Xbox 360 - its launch platform - has a triple-core IBM CPU as well as its dedicated ATI graphics processor. The benchmark results seem to suggest that, should more developers manage to get to grips with threading in the way that the folks at Capcom did, quad core is definitely the way to go for hardcore gaming. µ
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