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Was wondering how cpu cache played into SW

Question asked by bob hern on Feb 3, 2008
Latest reply on Feb 5, 2008 by bob hern
went ahead and built a machine to see how the effects of cpu cache had on the benchmark vs pure clock speed. decent for people looking for a budget setup or people who use small parts/assemblies

here are the machine specs:

SW: 2008 SP0
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L (F7 Bios)
CPU: INTEL E2160 @ 3.0GHz (dual core, 65nm, conroe, 1MB cache, using stock cooler)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 380W
GPU: 3dfx voodoo 3 2000 PCI (just a proof of concept/test build)
RAM: 4GB MICRON DDR2-667 (D9 chips)

cost - i had a lot of parts already, and picked up everything else through watching the hot deals sections on anandtech or fatwallet - so my out of pocket for the hardware was ~$170

time to finish the ctrl-q rebuild on the punch holder - 150seconds

a bit slow compared to the 6750/6800 and other higher end cpus, but when you consider this is a ~$70 cpu, not bad. this is a stable and from what i have read easy o/c (stock is 1.8GHz) w/ thes x21xx series of cpus. there is still more headroom in it, but this showed me what i wanted to see w/ comparisons to anna's spreadsheet.

looking for someone w/ a 4GHz+ 45nm cpu to do the benchmark