Best processor (i386) for Python performance?

Michael Hudson mwh at
Fri Aug 27 13:09:45 CEST 2004

tom at (Tom Locke) writes:

> Hi All,
> I'd be grateful if anyone could provide insight into choosing a good
> i386 processor for Python performance.
> Are any of the following of particular importance, or less relevant,
> with respect to Python?
> Raw clock speed?
> Cache size?
> Bus speed?
> Intel's Hyperthreading?
> AMD's 64 bits?

Lots of cache is likely to help.  There were some posts -- somewhere,
python-dev maybe -- which showed terrible parrotbench times on some
Pentium variant with almost no cache.

More of everything else is also good, but you knew that, right?


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