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L2 cache, 3600+ 65 or 5200+?

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the mobo i have is an asus crosshair, but now i need to get a CPU. i deciding whether or not i should get the 5200+ or the 3600+ 65nm CPU. i'm leaning toward the 3600+ because it's 65nm, which should pair really well when overclocking the pee out of it, but then, the L2 cache is at 512kb, which the 5200+ is 1MB.

would the 1MB cache be a BIG difference (enough to be worth the money) compared to a 512kb L2 cache?

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go for the X2 BE 2350 as it gives you a higher clock speed 2.1Ghz and a lower thermal power 45watts compared to the 65watts of the 3600+ oh the vcore is also lower (BE=1.15/1.25v) (3600+=1.25/1.35v) should make for an easier oc....i'll look for the review and link it were the guy gets the BE to 3Ghz on a stock cooler
    
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Then there's the fact I was able to get our review unit cranked up to 3GHz with nothing but a stock air cooler and a slight voltage bump. The low-power aspect goes out the window when the BE-2350 is flipping bits at 3003MHz and 1.425V, but then this puppy morphs into a high-performance processor the equal of anything AMD has to offer.

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Apparently the extra cache has no effect on the overclocks. With my 3600 I got it to run 3Dmark 06 faster then a OC'ed FX62
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Cache prolly wont affect your OC's..

but what of Perforamnce.

I've never owned one of these new kids.. but.

I'd go with the 5200+

cache makes a WHOLE lotta difference.

- might want to check out the interactive benchmarks on Toms
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