First off, I would like to appologize for posting a question on a rumors site. Second, I would like to appologize for it being pc related. Please dont delete this, you mac users are great when it comes to answering questions. You seem to look at things differently. Now for the question: Does a larger L2 cache(512) provide superior performance to a smaller L2 cache(256) that is full pipe? This is evidently a p4northwood vs athlonXPpalomino type of question. I have never found an unbiased answer that hasnt digressed into an annecdote of sorts... hopefully some of you can help with the basic premise. Is there an objective way of determining this? Granted both might excel at independent tasks, the question is in regards to audio production. Does anyone know where I might go from here? Thanks for the time guys. I really want to buy a mac, but I cant buy a top of the line mac for 3k(canadian). Unfortunately, the bottom line in my case is money.