However this can create issues w/ multicore cpus because XP does not properly managage which core to use.
This may not allow ET to fully use either core, or constantly swap it between the 2 cores.
XP trys to keeps things balaced by swapping processes from core to core.
Tho you can set processor affinity in XP task manager it does not save any changes.
Dual cores are represent by CPU 0 + CPU 1.
When I start ET I go to the task manager and set ET.exe to run on 2nd core (CPU 1)
For me the difference in FPS is 60 Fps using both 0+1 selected (Default) to 200+ FPS when using just CPU 1.
In my experience my AMD X2s have even more problems running affinity set to use both cores.
I remeber my AMD being wonderful for ET at 1st but slowing as I added other software to my PC over time.
When I forget to set affinty on this Intel e6600 its seems after awhile it get's processes sorted out better then my AMD did.
However there is a great app I found that lets you choose which programs run on which core.
They have a great article explaing and benchmarking this process.
This program is really a must have for dual core users playing ET and other demanding non hyperthreaded software.
See... I share my hax.
Edited by ll420ll, 10 October 2007 - 01:17 AM.