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Re: Why is a 512Kb Level 2 Cache Module the largest size a person can obtain?

Date: Sat Jan 15 19:05:41 2000
Posted By: Justin Miller, Undergraduate, computer science, Geneva College
Area of science: Computer Science
ID: 947538387.Cs

There is no reason aside from economics that you don't see many L2 cache 
sizes above 512 KB (pet peeve there:  b = bits, B = bytes).  Cache memory 
is very expensive, and that keeps most motherboard manufacturers from 
adding tons and tons of cache.

As an example, there is an old Pentium FIC motherboard with 1 MB of L2 
cache onboard.

Justin Miller
Geneva College

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