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Will I see a large performance gain if I buy a dual-processor system?

It depends what you're going to do with it. You'll need an OS that will support dual processing, which means Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, Windows XP (except for Home Edition) or Linux (most flavours support SMP, but check the documentation to be sure*).

To get the most benefit out of it, check that the applications you intend to run also have support for SMP. Running non-optimised applications (99.9% of games have no support for SMP, for example) will give you almost no benefit, and the cost of buying an SMP motherboard and two processors is quite considerable.

If your application does support SMP, however, you can see quite an impressive performance boost, although nowhere near double the performance of a single-processor system.
Posted on October 1st, 2015
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