Can Dual-Core Run New PC Games?

Core 2 Duo CPU benchmarked

Here i have a great gaming platform from 2008 – Core2Duo E8400 Wolfdale model that overclocks like a baby beyond 4Ghz.

Yes, it was a great performer (well, except in GTA IV) but can it handle new PC titles that require much more power? That’s what i am about to find out and share with you.

Performance tests:
– factory clocked CPU: @ 3000 Mhz
– overclocked CPU: @ 4200-4250Mhz

You can see the OverClock boost in split-screen videos.

– CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.00 Ghz ~ 4.25 Ghz
– GPU: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC 1150/6600Mhz
– MOBO: Asustek P5K PRO
– RAM: 4x 1GB 800Mhz DDR2 @945Mhz CL6 (Kingston, A-DATA) Dual Channel
– HDD: Samsung F3 1TB
– PSU: Cooler Master B600 600W
– OS: Windows 7 Ultimate X64
– DISPLAY: Samsung P2450H 24” Full HD 1920 X 1080
AM​​D Catalyst™ 13.12 graphics drivers
Video card clocks vary from video to video depending on what i tested: with CPU bottleneck it was fast enough at factory clocks but as i crancked up graphics i used overclock profiles.



Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

SUPPORTED OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64 bit versions)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core2Quad Q8400 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 2.6 GHz
VIDEO CARD: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 or AMD Radeon HD 4870 (512MB VRAM with shader Model 4.0 or higher)


Battlefield 4

Minimum requirements:
OS: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit (with KB971512 platform update)
PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHZ / Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ
GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon HD 3870/Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT


Call of Duty: Ghosts

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better
HDD: 40 GB HD space
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 / ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better


Far Cry 3


GRAPHICS \  CPU 3000 Mhz 4250 Mhz
Low / 1280×720 / SSAO / AA=0  30.5 FPS 44.7 FPS
Ultra / 1920×1080 / HBAO / AA=0  21.6 FPS 25.9 FPS
SUPPORTED OS: Windows® XP (with SP3) or Windows Vista® (with SP2), Windows® 7 (with SP1) or Windows® 8
PROCESSOR: Intel® Core®2 Duo E6700 @ 2.6 GHz or better, AMD™ Athlon™64 X2 6000+ @ 3.0Ghz or better
RAM: 2 GB Windows® XP / 4 GB Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8
VIDEO CARD: 512 MB DirectX® 9.0c compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher, NVidia™ 8800 or better, AMD™ HD 2900 or better


Need for Speed: Rivals

MINIMUM System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista (SP2)
CPU: Intel 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, AMD 2.6 GHz Athlon X2
RAM: At least 4 GB
VIDEO: AMD Radeon 3870 512Mb or better, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 Mb or better, IntelHD 4000 integrated 512Mb or better



Core2Duo can run Assassin’s Creed 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts pretty good (above 40 FPS) even on stock factoy CPU frequency.

It struggles with Far Cry 3 @ 30 fps mark but a nice overclock gives it a boost up to @45 in intensive benchmark run.

Need for Speed Rivals is unplayable on stock speed because whenever the performance drops below 30 fps the gameplay also slows down. Either you have constant 30 fps or you get slowdowns. Overclock sees a great boost as the game actually becomes playable.

What it makes it an old piece of tech is performance in Battlefield 4. Even extreme overclock can’t help. The game NEEDS 4 cores.

This was the first part of testing dual core performance. I am about to proper-test even more games like Battlefield 3, GTA IV and so on.

Stay tuned!


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