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Does Cache Size Really Boost Performance?
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CPU I Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 (65nm ; 1200 MHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
clocked at 2.4 GHz (266 MHz x9)
CPU II Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (65nm ; 2000 MHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
clocked at 2.4 GHz (266 MHz x9)
CPU III Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 (65nm ; 3000 MHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
clocked at 2.4 GHz (266 MHz x9)
Motherboard ASUS Blitz Formula, Rev : 1.0
Chipset : Intel P35, BIOS 1101
RAM Corsair CM2X1024-888C4D
2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4-4-4-12 2T)
Hard Disk Drive Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10.000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-S183
Graphics Card Zotac Geforce 8800 GTS
GPU : Geforce 8800 GTS (500 MHz)
RAM : 320 MB GDDR3 (1600 MHz)
Sound Card Integrated
Power Supply Enermax EG565P-VE
ATX 2.01, 510 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers Intel Version 8.3.1013
Graphics Drivers Nvidia Forceware 162.18

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call Of Duty 2 Version : 1.3 Retail
Video Mode : 1280x960
Anti Aliasing : off
Graphics Card : medium
Timedemo demo2
Prey Version : 1.3
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : game default
Vsync = off
Benchmark : THG-Demo
Quake 4 Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : high
THG Timedemo waste.map
timedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Audio
Lame MP3 Version 3.98 Beta 5
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.6 Version : 6.6 (4 Logical CPUs)
Profile : High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.3 Version : 1.1.3
Target qantizer : 1.00
Mainconcept H.264 v2 Version 2.1
260 MB MPEG-2 source (1920x1080) 16:9
Codec : H.264
Mode : NTSC
Audio : AAC
Profile : High
Stream : Program
Applications
Winrar Version 3.70
(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version : 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Cinebench Version : R10
1 CPU, x CPU run
Synthetics
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.2.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
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    enzo matrix , July 3, 2010 6:08 PM
    this is awesome
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    Mousemonkey , July 3, 2010 8:02 PM
    Quote:
    this is awesome

    It's taken you two years for that? :p 
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    HansVonOhain , September 11, 2010 7:36 AM
    Great article. :D 
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2011 7:59 PM
    I like, it was helpfull read. no one could addord core 2 duo's in 2007 now we can, I didnt see yourcomment in 2007 HansVonOhain.
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2011 9:43 PM
    I really loved this article.

    Thx "tomshardware" :) 
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    Anonymous , February 18, 2012 2:48 PM
    Memory were all so cheap all of a suddenly
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    blueme , October 26, 2012 9:35 AM
    Nice review!

    ~3 years ago I had the E8300 2.83 Ghz with 6MB cache for ~200$
    Now I have the E3200 with 1MB cache, overclocked at 2.88 for 20$

    The performance difference is negligible at best, especially considering the price. And although the E8400 doesn't cost that much, it's still around ~80$ used.
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    isidroco , January 30, 2013 10:41 PM
    I disagree with the conclusion, CACHE size does NOT matter, most cases are with less than 10% (with a max of 15% in winrar) difference between 1mb and 4mb. 10% is too little to be noticed in real world applications, there is no difference in waiting 9 or 10 seconds...