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Windows 7: What is a L1/L2 cache???


30 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
What is a L1/L2 cache???

Hello friends,

i want to know what exactly does L1/L2 cache means in processor,graphics card?? Though i have searched in detail but still not satisfied with the information....so need help from my community/forum members & friends....

This might be most dumb question as far as the forum standards are concerned...(i know people might also say that it not as no question is dumb or silly) but this statement is directed only to me guys....


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30 Oct 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I know that I could not explain this any better
What is L2 Cache?
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30 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Richard that was useful & got some more knowledge about the same...its just i can't understand more when its used for graphics card....any info on the same...
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30 Oct 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I'm no expert on this stuff but I don't think it applies to graphics card processors. I don't remember ever seeing it listed in the specs for a card, just the amount of onboard video RAM.
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30 Oct 2010   #5

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I'm no expert on this stuff but I don't think it applies to graphics card processors. I don't remember ever seeing it listed in the specs for a card, just the amount of onboard video RAM.
Ya, I too haven't seen L1/L2 cache in any card's specs..

Here's a wikipedia aricle's section on Video RAM (if your interested in):

Dynamic random access memory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Some other informative links:

http://www.dansdata.com/gz014.htm

http://www.playtool.com/pages/vramwidth/width.html
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30 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) The idea behind cache memory is that RAM is much slower than the CPU. Now, if the CPU had to wait for RAM for every new byte of instructions or data, it would be ridiculously slow. Of course, ideally, your ENTIRE RAM could be on the CPU chip itself, running at the same speed as the CPU's core, but that would be very expensive.

To work around this, manufacturers add a small amount of fast RAM as "cache". Although the first time the CPU needs data, it has to wait for the RAM, when that data finally arrives, a copy is saved in the cache. The next time the CPU next needs data from a nearby address, there is a high chance that the data is in the cache, which means no delay in reading it into the CPU.

The bigger the cache, the more it can hold but the more expensive it is. Normally CPUs have a small "L1" cache which runs at full CPU core speed and a slower "L2" cache or both.

2) L1 and L2 are normally not used in the context of GPU though i believe newer GPUs like Fermi have added that feature.

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30 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
L1 and L2 are normally not used in the context of GPU though i believe newer GPUs like Fermi have added that feature.
That's right & that's what i was referring to the nVidia Fermi & other latest GPUs do use cache term...i read an artcile in a computer magazine when Fermi was being launched & they showed how it work & also kept using L1/L2 cache in the entire article so i was little confused too...
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