> It is slightly lower clocked, but the Phenom has 6 meg of L3 cache that the Athlon II
> doesn't. I thought MAME favored large CPU cache? Looking at the benchmarks over at
> Anandtech on paper, it looks like its a better performer, but I understand
> traditional benches don't always apply to emulation.
Overall memory bandwidth is what MAME really wants; a large cache can obviously help with that, but it's not the be-all end-all by itself. (And of course, there's not a great deal of good benchmark data in this area).