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Topic Title: Let Windows XP benefit from you CPU cache.
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Created On: 01/05/2005 06:17 PM
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 01/05/2005 06:17 PM
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Thanks to dippy_skoodlez from OCForums for spreading and all4AMD from XS as the original writer.
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I did notice a slightly better performance, did not benchmark yet, busy burning in my CPU.

Comments would be appreciated.

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That tweak is quite old, but I don't know whether it works or not. Some say it doesn't, and I might have to agree with that. I've tried it, and saw no noticable difference. I think as long as the cache is recognized by your BIOS, and or a 3rd party program, it's fine or enabled.


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Detailed Explanation of SecondLevelDataCache' ">

"This is not related to the hardware; it is only useful for computers with direct-mapped L2 caches. Pentium II and later processors do not have direct-mapped L2 caches."

AMD processors haven't used direct-mapped L2 caches since K6. With today's set-associative L2 caches, the operating system doesn't know nor does it care how much L2 cache a processor has. It is concerned only with the set-associativity of the L2 cache (e.g. 4-way, 8-way, 16-way, etc.). Changing this registry value does nothing for systems using modern processors.
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