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Is 2mb of L2 cache better than 3 mb of L3 cache ?

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May 22, 2011 10:34:01 PM

which one is better ?

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May 23, 2011 12:23:19 AM

Although I have not run any benchmarks, I would say this:

For games pick L2 cache (faster)
For spreadsheets/databases pick L3 cache (size)
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May 23, 2011 12:39:20 AM

More lower level (lower number) cache yields faster performance.

If I had to make a choice, I'd always choose the option with more L2.
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May 23, 2011 1:31:56 AM

I'm going to say doesn't make a difference/not enough info. There were some L3 cache P4 EE chips that are still junk compared to chips of today. Having L3 cache doesn't make it good/bad.
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May 23, 2011 10:43:57 AM

This looks like an apples and oranges comparison. For example, Core2 CPU's do not have an L3 cache.

Which CPU's?
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May 23, 2011 5:05:33 PM

Depends on what cpu it is......

That's like saying what's faster, a V6 or a 4cyclinder. Well that depends on if it's a Honda Civic or a Chevy Suburban.
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