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AMD 2010 CPU Series in Tests, Part 1
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 20:15

iXBT Labs take an in-depth look at cache-size vs number of cores for performance.

You may remember our article series How CPU Features Affect CPU Performance that we published in 2009. That time we analyzed the performance of a number of processors to understand what affected it. Then we updated our test method and decided to do the same, but in situations and tasks closer to real life. Just like the last time, we're going to start with AMD -- with its Socket AM3 platform to be exact.

The current AMD processor lineup seems a bit chaotic, because selling partially defective CPUs is surely better for the company than throwing them out. AMD makes a lot of CPUs that vary in cache type and size, as well as number of cores, and there's a strong temptation to give partially defective processors names, disable malfunctioning cache parts or cores and eventually sell them. Thanks to this innovative policy, the company's Socket AM3 series includes as many as three dual-core solutions with different L2 cache and even L3 cache, two triple-core products with and without L3 cache, three quad-core CPUs with and without L3 cache. That and a single-core Sempron.

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