Macmini 2Mb Cache vs 4Mb cache on Macbook

Powerwing

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I suppose the Macbook and the Macmini share the same motherboard as they're now both Core2Duo with a GMA950. Then why is it that the mini 2Ghz only has 2Mb of cache per processor, whereas the 2ghz Macbook has 4Mb ? Does this make the 2Ghz mini considerably slower than the Macbook ?
 

Cave Man

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Then why is it that the mini 2Ghz only has 2Mb of cache per processor, whereas the 2ghz Macbook has 4Mb ?
Different chip sets for the processors?

Does this make the 2Ghz mini considerably slower than the Macbook ?
Depends on the task, but I've found virtually no difference in speed between my MacBook (2 gHz C2D) and Mini (1.66 gHz CD), both of which have 2 gigs of RAM, in most of my apps.
 

Umbongo

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I suppose the Macbook and the Macmini share the same motherboard as they're now both Core2Duo with a GMA950. Then why is it that the mini 2Ghz only has 2Mb of cache per processor, whereas the 2ghz Macbook has 4Mb ? Does this make the 2Ghz mini considerably slower than the Macbook ?
The 2GHz Mini has 4mb of Cache, if you are seeing somewhere saying it has 2mb it is incorrect. The 1.83 does have 2mb however.

also..what does this 2mb cache and 4mb cache mean? what does the new iMac 20'' have? what does this cache do?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_cache

iMac has 4mb.
 

Cave Man

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Let's see if I remember this correctly...

Cache's are memory (RAM) that can be directly accessed by the processor without the need for going through the computer's memory bus or OS, thus the processor has faster access to it. The cache is used as a temporary storage place for (sometimes) the next anticipated data from a file. I seem to recall that processors can also store the temporary results of a series of calculations in the cache - but maybe I'm confusing that with something else? At any rate, the larger the cache, the more temporary data that can be stored and accessed directly by the processor, thus it speeds up the system a bit.
 

Eric Lewis

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CANADA? eh?
Let's see if I remember this correctly...

Cache's are memory (RAM) that can be directly accessed by the processor without the need for going through the computer's memory bus or OS, thus the processor has faster access to it. The cache is used as a temporary storage place for (sometimes) the next anticipated data from a file. I seem to recall that processors can also store the temporary results of a series of calculations in the cache - but maybe I'm confusing that with something else? At any rate, the larger the cache, the more temporary data that can be stored and accessed directly by the processor, thus it speeds up the system a bit.
why not but in a 256mb cache or 512mbc cache or 1gig cache..why is it 2 or 4mb?
 

eXan

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why not but in a 256mb cache or 512mbc cache or 1gig cache..why is it 2 or 4mb?
Err... what?

I assume you are asking why L2 cache is so small? Well, because its expensive and must fit into a REALLY small space inside a CPU.
 

Powerwing

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Ok, my mistake.
I live in Belgium and it said 2Mb Cache for both models. Just checked the American site. Says up to 4Mb Cache.