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6MB Cache or 8MB Cache for GAMING???

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January 5, 2013 10:38:49 PM

Trying to decide between two mobile CPUs. They are both within .1 GHz of each other so I am not really worried about that. However, will 8MB Cache REALLY be used in games such as BF3 and COD II or will 6MB suffice? I ask because the 6MB is almost $200 cheaper!

What do you think? Is 8MB a marketing gimmick? I do not do video editing, just gaming...
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January 5, 2013 10:39:49 PM

It doesn't matter.

January 5, 2013 10:45:12 PM

Elaborate, please? I understand cache is CPU memory to locate things quicker because RAM is much slower.

It doesn't matter, how?
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January 5, 2013 10:49:21 PM

Even though more cache sounds better, it doesn't necessarily denote more performance for gaming. It isn't a very significant difference either, you'd really want to be spending $200 on a better GPU for your lappy!
January 5, 2013 10:51:08 PM

Tell us what the two processors actually are...
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January 5, 2013 10:53:12 PM

What? No, thats wrong - RAM isn't much slower, cache is just there to hold processes for the CPU to perform, and it's more convenient & slightly faster, while RAM holds things like application data. 6MB is sufficient - 8MB wouldn't be helpful unless you're working on HEAVY applications (video editing), gaming doesn't demand a lot.

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January 5, 2013 11:05:45 PM
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Haha, guys he is talking about the CPU's L3 Cache and no 6MB is well enough for you. :) 
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January 6, 2013 3:35:06 AM

I'm guessing the i7-36xxQM and a 38XXQM cpu.
January 6, 2013 2:38:08 PM

Yes, amuffin. Thank you guys for all your advice. Sounds like I am going with the i7-36xxQM with 6MB cache. It is $200 cheaper. Thank you!
January 7, 2013 8:29:00 PM

How about choosing a best-answer, eh? :D 
abeaty1 said:
Yes, amuffin. Thank you guys for all your advice. Sounds like I am going with the i7-36xxQM with 6MB cache. It is $200 cheaper. Thank you!

January 7, 2013 8:32:16 PM

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January 7, 2013 10:11:53 PM

Haha, thanks!
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