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I am building a machine for someone who is into photo editing. I do not have to buy anything if I use the stuff I have. A question has come up about L2 cache & system memory. Assuming the same Clock( i.e. 3.0GHz), Would L2 of 2Mb & memory of 1Gb be preferred over L2 of 1Mb & memory of 2Gb?
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L2 cache helps improve CPU performance. While system memory helps more system performance. If the person will be working with multiple large or high resolution images, go with the 2GB RAM for better performance. This will allow all the images to be stored in the system memory and allow smooth performance. If they plan to work on a few small image files and will be doing a lot of VERY intensive processing, go with the larger L2. This will allow the CPU to process the images more quickly. However, this impact will be less than a 10% performance improvement.

Overall, I would recommend 2GB of main memory over a larger L2.
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That was my thought. I will go with your recommendation. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by otego1 View Post
That was my thought. I will go with your recommendation. Thanks!
Are you comparing an Intel Pentium D 830 (Smithfield) vs 930 (Presler)? Both are 3.GHz, but it's 2x1MB vs 2x2MB L2. Here's a Photoshop benchmark comparison and it shows only a 1.8% difference:
http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.ht...=439&chart=186
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The processors were a P4E 3.0GHz(S478) and a P4 630(3.0GHz LGA775). Not exactly a one-on-one, L2 cache aside, but both are Prescotts. Going with the S478 P4E(with 2Gb memory) means 0$ in component cost to build the machine.
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