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Crystal Mark memory benchmark puzzle

Discussion in 'Overclocking' started by Anne Onime, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Anne Onime

    Anne Onime Guest

    I got this program and tried it out on all the PCs that I
    have, right back to an ancient AT mainboard with K6-3.
    Now what I noticed was the cache bandwidth on this oldie
    was very poor, about same as memory write. This mainboard
    has a cache chip, which becomes L3 as the K6-3 has L2.
    So I think Crystal Mark is testing not the L1 but the
    outermost cache, which in this case is running at FSB
    hence pretty sluggish compared to internal cache.
    Is this so?
    Anne Onime, Sep 15, 2010
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  2. Anne Onime

    Paul Guest

    There are some benchmarking utilities, that draw a curve of
    bandwidth versus test transfer size. The inflection points
    in the curve, tell you the size of the various caches. You can
    use a tool that runs this kind of curve, and look to see
    how many levels of cache are present.


    There were a few motherboards, back in that era, that
    shipped with "empty" or "duff" cache on the motherboard.
    Someone actually had the nerve to solder chips on the
    motherboard, with no silicon die inside them. The result
    would be, a missing level of caching.


    This is another one of the cache benchmarking utilities.

    RightMark Memory Analyzer v3.8 (available in RAR archive or as EXE)



    It gives pretty nice looking graphs. The processors here here
    have two levels of cache. The fun part of the tool, is
    getting the graph as a .bmp later. You use the "results"
    tab, it delivers tabular data on the screen, but there is a
    button to click to save as .bmp . And then you can have your
    very own graph like this.


    Paul, Sep 15, 2010
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