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Old 12-06-2010, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Zucker View Post
I was listing those things that people actually do USE their computers for. But, granted, instead of "Typing," let's say something like MS Excel. Anand has a productivity suite benchmark that should paint a clearer picture. While single apps may not show much difference between the two, once you start multi-tasking, the superior cpu performance of sandy bridge would be felt.

And for the record, the majority of pc users are not gamers, to address the post above. Playing solitaire and mahjong does not require 400SPs, while chess could actually task your processor if you play at an advanced level. For corporate and businesses, and these constitute a larger market than gaming, even last gen Intel HD graphics is enough. Even some organizations go as far as disabling hardware acceleration on gpus. Thanks to Windows Vista and Windows 7, coupled with the need to do more at the same time, aka multi-tasking, processing power has become more important. You won't be playing a game and be typing at the same time but you could be encoding a bluray video, listening to music, and doing some typing if you have the processing power to do it. Incidentally, that's what I'm doing right now.
If you think this is a multitasking issue, you have been sadly taken in by the marketing hype. If you can use more than three cores actively for something other than a background task, you should be paid more. If four cores is too slow, you either need a new OS or more hard drives.

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