quote:On average, about 1/3 of all instructions in a program end up being loads, thus if you can improve load performance you can generally impact overall application performance pretty significantly.
quote:In order to keep die sizes manageable, AMD constructed its quad-core Barcelona out of four cores each with a 128KB L1 and 512KB L2,
quote:Smaller cache will mean fewer transistors which should mean better yields, lower power consumption and cheaper to produce.
quote:...Barcelona's mid-2007 launch on servers and Q3 '07 launch for desktops...
quote:Intel has the resources to effectively put AMD out of business over time if it so chooses, and today I suspect they are focused on something close to that.