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Dual-Core getting weaker

Gaming so far has been good to those on a budget. Intel’s Pentium G3220 and the Pentium G3258 Anniversary editions provided light for many gamers out there. But according to several posts on blog sites and social media, these days might be coming to an end.
Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 does not run on straight dual core PCs and ends up displaying a black screen and a failure to launch bug. In all fairness, Far Cry 4 does have the Intel Core i5-750 or AMD’s Phenom II X4 955 listed in its minimum requirements section.
Far Cry 4 however is not the only game which has moved past dual core CPUs. EA’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is another game that does not support dual-core processors.
While EA is encouraging demands for a refund for Inquisition and Ubisoft is expected to release a bug fixing the failure to launch bug, by the looks of things, it might be a good time to start saving for a quad core upgrade.
You all know that the new consoles Xbox One and the PS4 pack eight cores coupled with 8 GB of RAM? Even more games such as Watch Dogs show poor performance on dual core CPUs. On mine it would skip and act bogged down. Truely poor when other games run amazingly 60 FPS. They are using programming assigning tasks for multi-cores. Without that extra cores the instructions just halt, even if your dual could handle it at a slower latency.
Looks like times are getting to the last stop folks.
Though not for AMD it would seem, with its low-budget CPUs looking to be the next best alternative for low budget gamers. They have 90$ chips with actual quad cores – where the best 4x core I have listed below.

High Performance Gamer’s Pick

Intel’s Core i5 processors are well-known for their high-end gaming prowess at reasonable prices. We look to the new i5-4460 for its balance between price and performance at $190. Although this CPU’s multiplier is locked, you don’t need aggressive overclocking to achieve excellent frame rates with it.

Architecture Haswell
Frequency (Turbo) 3.2 (3.4) GHz
Cores (Threads) 4 (4)
Cache (L1, L2, L3) 4x 64KB, 4x 256KB, 6MB
Integrated GPU HD Graphics 4600 (530MHz, 1.15GHz Turbo)
Memory Support DDR3-1333/1600, dual-channel, up to 32GB
Process 22nm
Socket LGA 1150

We shall see what intel can do for us now.