3M V.S. 6M L2 cache

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mobile23, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. mobile23 macrumors member

    mobile23

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    hi all, i am new to this forum.... i am thinking of getting the new 15" Penryn MacBook Pro. i know that the high-end version will give me faster CPU and better graphics card (more ram). but these are not my concern. i am more worried about the L2 cache. is it going to make a big different? when will i see the advantage of having 6M L2 cache? i am currently using a 2.33GHz C2D 17" MBP with 4M L2 cache. will a 3M / 6M L2 cache be a lot slower / faster? thanks
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    For most purposes the cache makes almost no difference. Also if you're basing your buying decision on the cache it's not worth $500 difference. The processor speed is just as good and the extra VRAM is useless. Even if you're running a dual monitor set-up, 128MB VRAM should be enough.

    If anything the new cache is 32-way and in turn it's actually slower than the older Merom cache.

    I'd say the low end is adequate for 99% of the things you do.
     
  3. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    Welcome to the boards :)

    Please use the Seach feature as it can answer many, if not most, of your questions.

    Here is a thread discussing this very issue. There are many other threads that come up when searching for this topic.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. mobile23 thread starter macrumors member

    mobile23

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    thanks for the super quick replies guys. i just learnt something new today. and i know what to get now.... hopefully will see my new MBP next week :D
     

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