ive just read a review of the new xeon, with the chips having much more l2 cache (2mb rather than 256kb) they should have a much higher memry bandwidth, making similar improvements in games as having faster ram...
if im not mistaken this could make a significant change in games which are not totally reliant on graphics cards...
i was wondering this for a long time with the older xeon 3s but with the new chips performing better than the athlons in a fair number of tests its become more of an issue...
you do not strengthen teh weak by weakening the strong
what review did you read?
P4 Xeon only has 256K L2, same as the P4. only upgrade here is dual processor, which anandtech.com showed only to be marginally faster than a single Tbird 1.2 in web database servers.
I was thinking about dual Xeon 4 for our server until I got that far...
why, oh WHY, is the world run by morons?
May 21, 2001 4:48:23 PM
Actually there are XEON processor with 2mb cache for the high end servers
I bought a pentium once!
Everybody makes mistakes..
Imagine the die size of the P4 Xeon with 2MB cache. Yikes! If you want the ultimate gaming machine it'll be announced on June 4th, in the form dual Athlon 4's. I doubt the Xeons can evenly remotely compete with dual Paly's.
yes, a $3000 P4 Xeon 1.7ghz dual processor machine beat a single $1300 1.2Ghz Tbird by 4 minutes. They made a bench that took 30 minutes to run on like an 866 dual processor server and ran it on each platform.
the dual P4 ran @ 18 minutes, the dual PIII Xeon 933 ran it at 22 minutes, the single P4 Xeon 1.7 ran it at 22 minutes(if I remember correctly) the single Tbird 1.2 ran it at 18 minutes.
for anyone on a budget, the choice isn't that hard.
I was considering a dual P4 Xeon with RDRAM for our server at work, simply because of the bandwidth it offers, should make our network run smoother.
well, apparently not much more than the AMD 1.2, although I'll probably go with dual 933s or something first.
Independant thought is good.
It won't hurt for long.
6T SRAM cells take up a lot of area. So neither Intel nor AMD can put in much more L1/L2 cache at this point. Wait till the 0.13 micron technology ramps up. Then, it will be possible to get >1 MB L2 cache. Before that, the P4 Xeon is basically same as P4.
**Spin all you want, but we the paying consumers will have the final word**
1 XEON dont have the same L2 cache that P4.It have a 256 bitwide and NORTHWOOD will have 512 KB of L2 (and probably 256 bitwide) and xeon is not for gaming or office use.IT's a server or heavy multi-task.XEON cpu are use in Medicine R&D and others that really need a CPU.
May 22, 2001 8:57:41 AM
Can you pleaes expalain what "bitwide" means? On my limited knowledge, I'd guess that it's meaning would be similar to that of "bandwidth".