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August 30, 2006, 3:26 am
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Oh, you'd be able to play them. But the frame rate (the rate that
the screen updates) would be like a slide show. Have a look at
boxes that are designed as gaming platforms, and see what they use
for a processor.
The cheapest gamer here uses a Pentium D 930 dual core at 3GHz.
The Core2 Duo E6400 runs at 2.13GHz and you multiply that number
by about 1.5 to get an "equivalent" speed number of 3.2GHz or
so. The Intel Core2 Extreme processor X6800 at 2.93GHz gives
an equivalent performance of 4.4GHz or more. The video card performance
of each model is scaled to match the higher performance processor.
For smooth Oblivion performance, either of the two systems on the
right would be in order.
This Dell system has similar options. The P4 670 runs at 3.8GHz.
The Pentium D 930 is a dual core at 3GHz. The Core2 Duo's are
powerful gamers as the examples above show. No Celerons here.
The 7500 gaming machine here uses a Core2 Extreme at 4.4GHz equiv.
It is a shame that this Tomshardware chart doesn't have more
game titles in the charts. There aren't any Celerons in the
charts, but if you were to place a Celeron 2.8GHz on this
chart, it would be at the bottom of the chart. I highlighted
the P4 520 as an example of a 2.8GHz processor, but it has
more cache than a Celeron, which adds 200-300MHz more equiv
I use a P4 2.8GHz to play the Battlefield 2 Demo, and it is
playable, but all video settings must stay at the minimum
detail for it to work. And my monitor is not running at its
native resolution while the game is playing. Using a Celeron
at 2.8GHz might just break that. I think I also tried the Doom3
demo on that machine, and it was unusably slow for a first
person shooter type of game. If you want to enable at least
some of the detail settings in your games, you'll need to
apply a bit more power than a Celeron 2.8.
It's a complicated equation, A lot comes into play with 3d game
performance. Graphics card, RAM, chipset, drivers, and processor all
matter different degrees to different games. That said, If a game says
it requires p4 2.8 or equvilent, keep in mind that a celeron 2.8 does
NOT equal a p4 2.8. It barely equals a p4 2.0. Maybe a little less.
Best buy advised you truely, If you want to play games, Go with the p4,
and not the celeron.
If you already bought the celeron, you will have to constanltly adjust