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CPU Speed vs Cache

Question asked by Chris Lindloff on Jan 2, 2014
Latest reply on Jan 2, 2014 by Eric Irwin

What are the thoughts on system Cache vs. Processor speed.  We are getting some new systems and I.T. spec'd Six Core Xeon E5-2630, 2.3Ghz, with a 15M cache, these will have 16Gb of 1600MHz RAM.


The above processor speed is actually "slower" than my current Xeon E5645 @ 2.4Gh, this is with 12Gb of RAM.


This seems a little off, but I am not a CPU guru, and the new processers might be of a lot new generation.  Hopefullly this has a simple explanation that will prove positive for me in the future.