Athlon II Or Phenom II: Does Your CPU Need L3 Cache?

Benchmark Results: Productivity

PDF creation with Adobe’s Acrobat 9 from Microsoft Powerpoint doesn’t benefit much from the L3 cache.

WinRAR is very memory-sensitive and hence needs 16% less time for our workload.

WinZip doesn’t seem to care much about the missing L3 cache. The workload completes 9.2% faster.

The application of Photoshop CS4 filters doesn’t benefit from the Phenom II’s L3 cache. Three seconds difference in our workload is almost nothing.