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Whats with Intels and L2 Cache?

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Hey guys, I have noticed that intel procs have more L2 Cache for the money, I was wondering why this is and if its effective as AMD's L2 Cache

I have an old laptop and it has 256 k-bytes, as much as a higher end sempron.

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The new core to duo's are more affective full stop! They are simply a kick ass processor!!!
Well done to Intel for climbing back to the top of the tree!!!!
    
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Originally Posted by brock4282
The new core to duo's are more affective full stop! They are simply a kick ass processor!!!
Well done to Intel for climbing back to the top of the tree!!!!
Well done to you for having an off topic post!

In P4s and PDs, the caches has a higher latency than AMD's chips, which makes it take longer for the CPU to access it. Intel made up for this by stuffing more cache on each chip.
post #4 of 13
Intel puts more L2 in their processors because the memory latency is really bad and the extra L2 helps alleviate the problem.
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The new core to duo's are more affective full stop! They are simply a kick ass processor!!!
Well done to Intel for climbing back to the top of the tree!!!!
And this is pertinent, how?????

Back to the question at hand... yes, the L2 cache is always relevant. BUt the Old AMD'S perform more instructions per cycle than did the older Intels ( Core2Duos break that mold, but that's a whole 'nother subject). So.. given equivalent or near equivalent L2 caches... that's only one reason why the SOCKET 754 AND 939 AMD's kick older P's butts!Anothe reason is that the AMD chips have on-board memory controllers, so the latency for instruction cycle is lower than Intel..but, that's another day....THese days, Intel is kickin butt again with their Core2Duo chips!
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post #6 of 13
I think brock is high

Intel used to use more cache because that used to be their way of getting things done: AKA "brute force"
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post #7 of 13
I wish!!
Soz but i just cant wait to get a core 2 duo in my setup along with the Asus p5b deluxe mobo ive ordered, Im obviously very sad when i get more excited about what components the mail man is bringing me than i do about my wife!!!!LOL.
Ill stick to the point in hand and try to restrain my excitement in future!
    
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post #8 of 13
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Um brock, are you just trying to get posts or something, thats 2 irrelevant posts now...
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post #9 of 13
Well you just made a pointless post by responding to his pointless post :/

But yeah, Intel's L2 cache has a higher latency so they put more on. That's why you generally find AMD chips have a lower amount of L2 cache.
    
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post #10 of 13
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Can't really say there was a point in your response, 6 people said the same thing.
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