Changing Cache

Posted on 1998-09-13
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Last Modified: 2010-04-27
Does anyone know how to alter the cache size on a desktop pc? basically what I need to do it to change cache size to do a benchmarking test to analyze the perfomance of the PC
. If cache cannot be changed the way I explained, is there any other h/w component which I can change?

                               Thanks in advance. Anu
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On virtually every PC made in recent years, the cache size is determined not by a software setting but by the amount of physical cache RAM installed.  On some PCs, it is possible to remove socketed cache chips and replace them with others of different size.  On most these days, the cache is soldered to the MB and can't be changed.  Of course, I'm talking about the L2 cache.  For all PCs made today, the L1 cache is inside the CPU and can't be modified at all.  In the Pentium Pro and Pentium II chips, the L2 cache is also iinside the CPU.  

On most BIOS/Chipset setups, you can enable/disable the cache but can't change it's size.

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which kind of Cache ? Disk- or Second/First level cache ?

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