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Is hyper threading worth it?

How Hyper-Threading Works (and When You Want It In Your PC)

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Hyper-Threading has been in Intel's processors for years. It's the main difference between the Core i5 and i7, and that many games don't use it explains why i5s power some serious gaming rigs. If you've been considering an upgrade but you're not sure if you need Hyper Threading, this video from Techquickie will help.

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How Hyper-Threading Works (and When You Want It In Your PC)

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Hyper-Threading has been in Intel's processors for years. It's the main difference between the Core i5 and i7, and that many games don't use it explains why i5s power some serious gaming rigs.

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Is hyper-threading good for gaming?

Whether or not hyper-threading is good for gaming is dependent on your existing number of cores. Most advanced games demand either 2 or 4 cores for the best performance. Learn about the best CPUs for gaming and top ways overclocking improves gaming.

Playing

If you’ve ever tried to play games with intense graphics on an Intel i3 Core processor, then you’re probably familiar with how many problems are caused due to the limited number of cores. Lagging and ghosting just scratch the surface on the list of problems caused by insufficient processing power.Intel i5 hyper-threading and i3 hyper-threading can be extremely advantageous for gaming considering these processors don’t have a ton of power to begin with. When playing games like Crysis, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement and competitive advantage. Intel i7 hyper-threading might be excessive. Unless you’re playing multiple games at the same time or running multiple applications in the background, you probably won’t need so much added power.

Streaming

If you stream your game play, hyper-threading your cores can be extremely advantageous. When you need to run a game on top of a handful of applications necessary to record and upload videos, the superscalar architecture will keep your system running smoothly.If you’re streaming on a top-of-the-line Intel i7 Core processor, you probably won’t notice a major difference. Advanced CPUs are incredibly fast as-is. However, processors with 2 or 4 cores might not give you enough juice for game play, even after hyper-threading.

Will hyper-threading improve my computer’s performance?

According to Intel [1], hyper-threading your cores can result in a 30% increase in performance and speed when comparing two identical PCs, with one CPU hyper-threaded. In a study published on Forbes, hyper-threading an AMD® processor (Ryzen 5 1600) showed a 17% increase in overall processing performance [2].Despite these results, hyper-threading your cores isn’t always the go-to solution. There will be tasks in which the speed of your processor does not increase despite hyper-threading. This is due in part to the fact that not all applications and strings of data can efficiently load into a multi-thread core.In an experiment carried out by , a hyper-threaded Intel i7 Core was compared to a single thread Intel i7 Core after being put through a few different tests [3]. When it came to image editing, multitasking, and power consumption, the hyper-threaded counterpart did worse than the single thread. However, it performed the same or better when it came to Handbrake Video Encoding, the Overall Custom PC Benchmark Score, and playing the popular game Crysis.Hyper-threading the cores in your CPU improves performance and speed on a case by case basis depending on which tasks are compatible with a hyper-threaded core. If you’re looking to enhance your PC’s overall processing prowess, hyper-threading could be a step in the right direction.

Core i7 Hyper-threading: Worth it for gamers?

So there you have it, folks! Based on the sample games tested, it doesn’t really look like much has changed. You can safely assume when matching clock to clock with the Core i7 processor, something like the Core i5 6600K will deliver pretty much what we saw with the hyper-threading disabled.

This is sort of reaching a point of diminishing returns with the Core i7 processors. For example, the i7 6700K costs a bit over 40 per cent more than the i5 6600K, and even with the Titan XP handling the rendering, we didn’t see those kinds of gains. This is why, myself and many others recommend the i5 6600K as the best value CPU for gamers.

So, unless you’re shooting for the absolute maximum performance with high refresh rate monitors and insane GPU configurations, I really don’t think the Core i7 processors are worth it, at least over Core i5. Of course, it will change eventually but I don’t think anything is changing anytime soon.

What’s your take on this? Is the Core i7 worth getting or you agree with me and think that Core i5 is more than sufficient for the most part? Let us know in the comments below.

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