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Old 05-13-04, 16:07
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Hi was looking into buying a new mobo/cpu to play planetside with.
I want a 3.0 ghz, I found 2 P4 3.0s but one has 512K cache and the other is double that.
Is the cache useful and is it worth the extra money? thanks!
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Old 05-13-04, 17:08
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short answer? a larger cache will make your computer run faster. but for playing planetside, i dont think that it is worth more than 50 bucks extra
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The large cache one is hte PRESCOTT cored P4, the 512 is the Northwood.
Get the 512k, that core, despite having less cache, is:
a) faster
b) uses less power, and by extension,
c) produces less heat
d) both overclock relatively similiarly
e) Many motherboards CPU power circuitry is, well, inadequate at supplying the necessary power. It does, but the circuitry gets *very* hot. Its too early to tell if that will affect motherboard life, but I suspect it will.

Get the 512K core
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