What CPU Is Better? Core2Duo Or Pentium D?

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  1. Posts : 92
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    What CPU Is Better? Core2Duo Or Pentium D?

    I recently bought my new motherboard a few days ago (manufacturer refurbished) since i'm on a very low budget

    I am currently using the Pentium D 3.00GHz in my system at the moment since I manage to find one in a old system we had a good few years back.

    I plan to do gaming,video editing,some 3D and intro making and web designing/browsing.
    (yes i know it a old socket please don't bring that up the system still works)

    So what would be better for these takes?

    The intel pentium D 3.00Ghz or the Core2Duo 2.33Ghz?

    I don't like the clock speed with the Core2Duo but I am not sure if that will effect anything.
    I just had a look with CPU-Z they both have 2 cores.


    Please answer asap that way I can make a decision of replacing my current cpu or leaving it in the system.
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  2. Posts : 24,479
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    I would stick with the Pentium, I think it will have better instructions and work better.
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  3. Posts : 92
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    Thanks and the clock speed is better especially when gaming clock speed does matter more so it might be best to stick with the pentium then.

    Thanks for the answer

    I had a pentium before and that played games fine without any lag but that was for a newer socket think it was something like l335 (not sure on the exact socket number but it has the i3,5 etc..)

    So i guess this might be similar.
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  5. Posts : 24,479
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

    Sorry, I may have that backwards.
    Pentium D (Dual Core) and Core 2 Duo. What's the difference? - CNET Community poll Forums
    If the socket is the same for both and BIOS supports it.
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  6. Posts : 92
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
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    I am not sure if the bios supports it but the seller said it supports Core2Duo and Penitum and it should also support most dual core processors for the socket type.

    Thanks for the links I check them out and get back to you all when I make a decision.


    The Core2Duo does sound a lot more better and updated but would the clock speed bottleneck against most modern games :/ I'm not looking at games like Watch Dogs since that may be to graphics intensive but games like Sleeping Dogs,Battlefield and GTA IV etc..
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1,

    The Core2Duo is more capable than the Pentium D. Clock speed is not a good comparison measure for different processors.

    PassMark CPU Benchmarks - Common CPU's
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  8. Posts : 92
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    So if i installed the Core2Duo would I be able to play games and render videos better? with my pci-e 1.0 and gtx 650ti card.
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    I suspect your game play will be more dependent on the GPU than the CPU. The 650Ti is fairly capable but not for real high end games.
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  10. Posts : 92
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    Would the core2duo improve the system performance better then the Pentium d then? If that's the case I swap the CPU's around tomorrow.
    As for the GPU I only have pcie 1.0 so I can't go with anything to highend but as long as I can play games like sleeping dogs and record gameplay I don't mind.

    Edit: What would be the best cpu on the list? and apparently the board is basic gaming or x-gaming from 2011 which is not that long ago.
    Last edited by Spudster; 10 Jun 2014 at 22:17.
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