Quad-core CPUs will accelerate games and even enable physics effects without the need of an add-in card. Intel demonstrated using the Futuremark’s upcoming Ice Storm Fighters to give a first impression how multi-core gaming could look like. The demo, which depicts Mech Warrior-like robot combat, is specifically designed for quad-core processors. With all four cores running, the game play was smooth and environmental elements like foliage, water and missiles rendered beautifully. With 2 cores are turned off, the frame rates dropped dramatically. The reason is because separate cores are dedicated to updating the units, physics, frames and scenes. The physics from complicated explosions are more effectively calculated on a multi-core processor because the communication latency is lower than on a dedicated physics card.

Quad-core CPUs will accelerate games and even enable physics effects without the need of an add-in card. Intel demonstrated using the Futuremark’s upcoming Ice Storm Fighters to give a first impression how multi-core gaming could look like. The demo, which depicts Mech Warrior-like robot combat, is specifically designed for quad-core processors. With all four cores running, the game play was smooth and environmental elements like foliage, water and missiles rendered beautifully. With 2 cores are turned off, the frame rates dropped dramatically. The reason is because separate cores are dedicated to updating the units, physics, frames and scenes. The physics from complicated explosions are more effectively calculated on a multi-core processor because the communication latency is lower than on a dedicated physics card.