Why do Intel core i7 have small L2 cache?

darkstar845

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I just noticed that from the core i7 first gen to 3rd gen that they all have only 256kb L2 cache per core but have a 8mb L3 cache. Core 2 quads used to have 4mb to 12mb L2 cache and current AMD cpus still have large L2 cache.
 
it probably came down to managing chip size.

the core i products are a lot faster than the core 2 products, there is no need to know more.

There may have been improvements in how they managed L2 cache, and how efficiently they could transfer from L3 to L2, if that improved then there was no need for vast arrays of L2 cache.