Seeing as vvvv isn’t multithreaded, would a pentium 4 outperform a quad core (with comparable clock rates)? what are the best benchmarks to look at - games?
my quad core q6600 rated at 2.4ghz maxes at 25% pretty rapidly and then the frame rates and video playback start suffering. I was wondering if it’s worth getting a cheap single core pentium 641 (3.2ghz) or similar off ebay, just for vvvv?
while vvvv itself currently uses indeed only one core, there are many operating system functions (video decompression, directx functions, file io, etc.) which may take advantage of multi-core cpus. so its not a bad idea to use multicore processors, but it will very much depend on your patches.
i bet its possible to spawn separate threads from plugins, which allow you to use multiple cores, but you might run into synchronisation problems: by actually taking advantage of parallelism it will generally not be clear that the output of your node in one frame belongs to the input of the same frame.
its one of the great things in vvvv is, that with the most nodes calculation takes no virtual time.