I'm building my first laptop and opted to purchase the Intel Pentium M 1.50Ghz processor.
Here are the specs below for the processor: BXM80535GC1500E
1MB L2 cache
I'm wonder what the performance would differ noticeably from the following similar processor: Intel Pentium M 715 BXM80536GC1500F
2MB L2 cache
I pulled these specs from their website because I can find the first processor for about $50 new, but the 715 processor would be about triple that at about $150-$220 new.
What do the differences in the L2 cache mean and the .13 micron vs the 90 nanometer? Will it affect the overall performance of my machine by much if I'm a gamer?
I doubt you're looking for a techno-garbal explanation of the electron path in the CPU, so I'll give it to ya straight: Level 2 Cache doesn't make a huge difference, it makes a big difference compared to smaller only if you constantly do the same thing or set of same things, if you are a heavy random-multitasker, more Cache just means more latency. 1MB is plenty. The 90nm in a basic sense, means it runs cooler, and you should get the newer technology. 2MB vs. 1MB won't be a huge difference for gaming, so go with the 130nm if price is a problem, if not, the latter.
~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time