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Date:      Thu, 01 Feb 2007 20:55:26 +0100
From:      Jorn Argelo <>
To:        Garrett Cooper <>
Subject:   Re: gcc compiler cputype, prescott or nocona confusion
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Garrett Cooper wrote:
> Jorn Argelo wrote:
>> On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 23:40:38 +1100, Scott Killen 
>> <> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> When recompiling the world or kernel in FreeBSD i386 Rel 6.1 with,
>>> "# make buildworld"
>>> or
>>> "# make buildkernel KERNCONF=MYSMPCONF"
>>> (or building anything anything else for that matter), even though I 
>>> have
>>> "CPUTYPE?=nocona" set in my "/etc/make.conf" file the compiler seems to
>>> head
>>> back to a default of  "-march=prescott" when compiling many of the
>>> functions
>>> on a Dual Xeon 3.6g (nocona) machine!
>>> This doesn't happen when compiling for other machine types, I've 
>>> tried it
>>> on a
>>> Dual PentiumPro, Dual PII, Dual PIII setting the CPUTYPE to the correct
>>> cpu
>>> type and the -march sticks to the assigned cpu type through all 
>>> operations
>>> and produces nice quick optimized code.
>>> Why is this so?
>>> Is it because the "nocona" machine type optimization refers to the 
>>> EMT64
>>> technology and thus is rejected when compiling for i386 targets rather
>>> than
>>> amd64 or emt64 targets and Gcc rejects it?
>> That's right. AFAIK the Nocona core is a prescott with EM64T support 
>> (feel free to correct me if I am wrong). Basically you have an i386 
>> version of FreeBSD, and with EM64T instructions enabled GCC will 
>> build a 64-bit version of FreeBSD. I think that's the reason it 
>> switches back to prescott.
> Most of the time you're right. However (for starters), some nocona 
> chips feature 2MB cache instead of 1MB cache:
> <>.
> I'd have to look more in depth, but OTOH the nocona also featured some 
> architecture upgrades, other than just the "64-bit'ness"
> I heard that gcc 3.4.x was pretty funky with the nocona processors 
> though, and prescott's a more stable target; that changed a bit in gcc 
> 4.x I think. Or maybe I'm just mixing up nocona and yonah in this case.
> -Garrett
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Yonah is the Pentium M version of the first Core generation I believe. 
Or maybe it was still a Netburst, I can't remember.


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