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PCSX2 has god awful compatibility with AMD. Its not that AMD is a bad processor (mine runs spore, sims 3, WoW, AoC, etc just fine), but PCSX2 was apparently not programmed well enough to support more than 1 processor. I get 40-50 fps (which is only approximately 80% of what u should get), which makes the emulator awful to play on. So if you reeeaaalllly want/need this emulator to work, you're better off getting a intel. A 2.4 ghz intel (dual core) should do well enough according to my friend (PCSX2 does not want to run my 2.6 ghz amd dual core to full potential).

Often I'll be getting low FPS and my amd processor won't even be using more than 50% of its power. Also any questions related to PCSX2 getting stronger support for AMD are apparently falling on deaf ears (most likely because the programmers don't know how to solve the problem).

So, bottom line, AMD processors are great, and it SHOULD be able to run this emulator fine, but PCSX2 is a unique situation since somewhere along the years its been developed it started to only run well on intel computers (no clue how, and the developers don't seem to have a real reason either). And don't get an AMD with the hope they'll lend support to it anytime soon.

Solution: Go with the more expensive intel chip if you want to use PCSX2, because trust me its not playable with an AMD.

Also, ignore the technical jargon the mean nerds were posting above. In my 10+ years of working in the IT industry I have never come across such abstract cross-processor compatibility issues as this emulator seems to hold (when using the same operating system).
 

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As you can see in my post, I stated that while getting low FPS, often my processor is not even being used to its full potential (commonly around 50% usage). If it was not the program, then the processor would be constantly at 90-100% and struggling with the FPS.

While I can understand there are more calculations being crunched than normal with emulation (since the basic concept is translating the drivers for the PS2 into a form the PCs can use), there is absolutely no excuse why a 3.0+ghz amd can not run it anywhere close to as well as a 2.4 ghz intel (especially when that amd processor is not being used to its full potential, as stated previously). That would mean that the intels run 30% (or much higher) more efficiently than the AMDs (at equal processing speeds), which I've never seen on any benchmark comparison (and that's not considering how it doesn't use the CPU to its full potential).
 

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Name one other piece of software that has as much trouble running on a 3.0 ghz AMD as pcsx2 (a program still trying to harness 6 year old technology), but runs 100% (or higher) on a 2.4 ghz intel.

And don't say "PS2 emulation is the only thing in the world that is rough on a processor".
 
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