Originally posted by archon45
Is it better to have a 1mb L2 cache or a 512k L2 cache?
The reason I ask is the difference between the ClawHammer and the NewCastle cores on the Athlon 64's. I read in a review that the 512k has performed better? Can someone clear this up for me? Thanks!
The socket 939 (Newcastle) L2 Cahe size was reduced because it didn't need as big of a cache as the Clawhammer's because of its increased speed of Hypertransport. Also AMD did this to reduce the processor's die size.
If Newcastles would have had the 1MB L2 cache the 3800+ , which is clocked at 2.4GHz( the same as the FX-53)would have outperformed the FX-53 and since it needs to be priced lower you can see the reason.