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Old 01-04-2007, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default What's the benefit of greater L2 cache?

I'm just curious to know how much of an increase in performance you get from a processor that has a higher L2 cache memory as compared to one of the same specs but with a lower L2 cache. Take for instance the Core 2 duo E6300 and the E6600 processors. One has an L2 cache of 2MB and the other an L2 cache of 4MB. Does this provide a lot of gains to have more?

oh and i think what's most important that i want to get from this is whether or not, if i were to choose between the E6300 and the E6600 which have a considerable price difference, is it still worth the extra cash to opt for the E6600?
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Default Re: What's the benefit of greater L2 cache?

I also would like to know... my processor is only 2x 512... but i heard AMD uses less cache
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yes the extra cash is deff worth is for the e600 that cpu is an over clocking beast
and the l2 catch i forget but it has somthing to do with prossesoring more instructions al the same time
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I'm just curious to know how much of an increase in performance you get from a processor that has a higher L2 cache memory as compared to one of the same specs but with a lower L2 cache. Take for instance the Core 2 duo E6300 and the E6600 processors. One has an L2 cache of 2MB and the other an L2 cache of 4MB. Does this provide a lot of gains to have more?

oh and i think what's most important that i want to get from this is whether or not, if i were to choose between the E6300 and the E6600 which have a considerable price difference, is it still worth the extra cash to opt for the E6600?

Most benchmarks have shown a 5% - 7% increase in performance with the extra 2MB of cache on the E6600

Same with AMD.
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and the l2 catch i forget but it has somthing to do with prossesoring more instructions al the same time

Thats not Correct, cache stores data so the CPU can access it faster.
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You could always go e6400, right in the middle of those two.
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I believe the more cache a processor has the faster it can get things in and out of the processor therefore making it able to handle more at once. I could be wrong but I think that's how it works.
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Thats not Correct, cache stores data so the CPU can access it faster.
I answered this already.

If you want a more detailed explanation

here ya go. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache
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I answered this already.

If you want a more detailed explanation

here ya go. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache
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No prob man
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