Test Setup and Test Methodology
Both CPU's we tested at the previously mentioned speeds in multiple applications and some new games.
Hopefully we will get a clearer view if the cache size is that important yes or no.
Take note that the test setup is based on a DDR3 motherboard. So please compare only the results of each CPU at the same clock speed. The total ram speed depends on the FSB settings and the available working dividers. Where possible ram speed was kept the same. Timings were kept at 8-8-8-24 2T and performance setting was fixed at PL9.
A quick summation of the CPU speed settings used:
FSB 266 : 1066mhz ram speed : 10 multiplier, total CPU speed : 2.66Ghz
FSB 333 : 1333Mhz ram speed : 10 multiplier, total CPU speed : 3.33Ghz
FSB 400 : 1600Mhz ram speed : 10 multiplier, total CPU speed : 4.00Ghz
FSB 500 : 1600Mhz ram speed : 8 multiplier, total CPU speed : 4.00Ghz
Benchmarks and Application usedFuturemark 3DMARK 2001 SE and 2006
Leeghoofd's E7400/E8600 Test Setup
|CPU||E7400/E8600 clock speeds @ 2.66, 3.33 and 4Ghz|
|Cooling||Thermalright eXtreme + 1200rpm PAPST Fan|
|Mainboard||Gigabyte EP45T UD3P F5 Bios|
|Memory||4Gb Corsair PC12800 C8-8-8-24 2T|
|OS||Windows XP with Service Pack 3|
|PSU|| OCZ ModStream 700W|
|Video Card||- Geforce 9800 GTX for all tests, except:|
- Geforce GTX 285 for Crysis Warhead
Futuremark PCMARK 2005
Wprime 32 and 1024
Lavalys Everest Ultimate Edition Cache and Mem Benchmark
X264 HD V2.0 Benchmark
Fritz Chess Benchmark
Far Cry 2 (high detail settings)
Crysis Warhead (gamer setting)
Note that for the game tests I opted for the in-game benchmark with FarCry2 and a Custom benchmark for Crysis Warhead. Resolutions tested are 1024 x 768 and 1280 X 1024.