Gaming performance is an important parameter for computer enthusiasts. It is the reason why dual-core processors are still very popular: many gaming titles cannot yet use all the advantages of quad-core processors. Higher operational frequencies of the new E8600 help Core 2 Duo secure its positions in contemporary games.
At the same time, new games optimized for multi-core CPUs should be arriving shortly. The first one like that is Unreal Tournament 3. Here the new dual-core processor with 3.33GHz frequency catches up only with the previous generation quad-core CPU with 2.4GHz clock speed. However, it is a unique situation, so we can’t claim with all certainly yet that Core 2 Quad would be a better choice for games like that than Core 2 Duo.