[nSLUG] Measured wattage of atom system

Paul wes902 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 18 10:54:15 ADT 2008

TDP is measured in a lot of different ways. AMD/Intel never agreed and
the Core2 TDP is max consumption, Barcelona based processors use (ACP)
the average consumed power and said it was comparable to TDP.


On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 9:48 AM, Ian Campbell <ian at slu.ms> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 09:33:35AM -0300, Michael Gillie wrote:
>> I'm finding this discussion interesting. It's really hard to believe that a
>> CPU and usage of a computer can cost that much!
>> A comment was made in the earlier parts of the discussion that caught my
>> eye. It was concerning home Computers, and why someone would sacrifice
>> processing power to save a few cents each day.
>> My grandfather used to say "a penny saved is a penny earned." HOWEVER, i beg
>> to differ....
>> The money that you would save might cause frustrations. If you are a gamer,
>> you need power. That is where power-sucking super-monster computers come in.
>> Likewise with servers. A slow computer, mixed with a slow internet
>> connection.... HELL on earth.
>> I'm willing to sacrifice a little electricity for more processing power.
>> Intel has come a fair way. Let's finish the job, lol. We need a CPU that
>> saves electricity, yet Processes like mad.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_power_dissipation
> Doesn't have some of the newer chips (like the Atom), but it has a lot
> of chips.
> My hardware-fu is a little lacking, but my understanding is that the
> TDP is a worst-case number. Things like SpeedStep/Cool'n'Quiet mean
> (unless you're burning CPU 24/7) that most of the time you should be
> way under that.
> ... I think.
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