So take the following:
- i7 intel quad core @ 2.3 Ghz with 6 MB L3
- i7 intel quad core @ 2.9 Ghz with 3 MB L3
Which would be a better option for Audio processing such as:
- Recording with Pro Tools with multiple simultaneous recording tracks
- DJ'ing live
- MP3 encoding
- Low latency for FireWire/USB hardware audio interfaces
What other factors should I consider?
EDIT: Please consider everything else equal (RAM, chipset, etc). This wasn't meant to be a shopping question, I know that having more cache in certain situations are better. This is about hardware configuration.