Dual-core patches were released for Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2 late last year, and naturally, the Elite Bastards want to know if these patches improve overall gaming performance. However, before you get too excited, initial testing has been... underwhelming.
The upshot so far is that both patches show that performance is most noticeably improved at the lower resolutions (640 X 480 and 800 X 600.) At this point in time, the Quake 4 1.0.5 patch seems to offer some more performance improvement over the Call of Duty 2 1.01 patch.
In any event, the test results reported by Elite Bastards somewhat reassuringly mirror the numbers obtained earlier by AMDZone when they tested the dual-core patches for Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2, so it likely isn't a mistake in testing methodology. Of course, it should be noted that both AMDZone and Elite Bastards benchmarked the games with Athlon 64 X2 / NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT systems, and the Call of Duty 2 1.01 patch, in particular, is specifically aimed at Intel dual-core HT processors.
Hopefully, performance will continue to improve as subsequent patches are releasedespecially at higher resolutions. You can try the Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2 dual-core patches yourselves and report your results.
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