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post #1 of 13
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Hello all!

I was just looking into parts for my next build, and I was of course looking at the C2D's. Now, I am wondering if getting an E6600 (or better) for the 4M L2 cache is worth it. In my A+ study book it says that the amount of on-die L2 cache actually becomes deleterious after a certain amount, but I'm sure thats false due to recent technological advances.

So basically, E66 or E63.

Thanks,

Drax
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Definately performance difference...thats for sure. If you have the cash it'll help alot in many future games.
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Please specify what you would like to use the computer system for.

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Most definitely high-end gaming, video editing, and of course overclocking.

I was also looking at the Kentsfield, seeing as how future games will utilize it.
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It's true that if you have the money you should go for the E6600. You have a higher multiplier so a MUCH better chance of hitting 3GHz. You could probably get 3.8 out of an E6600 with good cooling. Maybe more, I don't know.
    
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As you are therefore going to use the computer for gaming I would indeed suggest that you purchase the E6600. The additional 2MB L2 cache does make a difference in regards to gaming.

I'm too tired to give a detail explanation as to why, sorry
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Originally Posted by The_Manual View Post
As you are therefore going to use the computer for gaming I would indeed suggest that you purchase the E6600. The additional 2MB L2 cache does make a difference in regards to gaming.

I'm too tired to give a detail explanation as to why, sorry
Ah, no problems there mate . I am currently home sick .

Thanks for your help.
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The extra cache alone will only give you a 3-5% increase in performance. However, like stated before, the higher multipler and better quailty of the chip will give you a definate higher overclock. Go with the E6600.
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The additional 2MB L2 cache does make a difference in regards to gaming.
Since when?

All the benchmarks I've seen is they all had near same results at similar clock speeds. (1-2% difference). Not nothing major. 2-3 FPS.

If you have the money, go for it. Higher multi = higher chance of not being limited my your mobos max FSB.
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post #10 of 13
I have literally copied this from an earlier post of mine.

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The addition of 2MB L2 ECC cache will reduce the following issues:

Capacity Miss: The cache is not great enough to store all required information and data. Increasing the cache by this additional 2MB will reduce this issue.
Conflict Miss: The required information was replaced during a previous miss. Increasing the size of the cache will reduce the chance for conflict misses to occur as the cache is of greater size, so values can be stored simultaneously more effectively.

The only problem with increasing the cache is that there will be a greater cache delay (latency wait period). To compensate the processor has to increase the number of clock cycles allocated for cache access.
If you were not to play games the increased amount of cache would not entail any performance increase-ment due to the above fact. It will do so in games however.
@The Pook. That is because few games are capable of addressing 4096KB L2 ECC cache
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