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Energy Efficient Computing with Intel

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 23, 2008 4:00 am

Final Thoughts


With "Green" being the big word these days, any system that is able to reduce its power consumption while keeping up performance is extremely impressive. AMD has managed to show us some very impressive results, and we were quite content with its performance, features and power usage. However, with a little help from GIGABYTE the Intel power efficiency has also come a long way.


Intel's track record for power efficiency has been less than stellar; Prescott based CPUs from Intel were known for TDPs of over 150watts, and with its strained silicon design, thermal loss was extremely high. In fact, it was so high on certain CPUs that if a large vacuum sounding heatsink wasn't used, the CPU would throttle itself due to heat issues.


Core 2 managed to help Intel regain some face with a much more energy efficient architecture and higher quality strained silicon. Things managed to pick up. Since the 45nm CPU was brought in, Intel's energy efficiency has increased further. While it's good to see the CPU take on an energy efficient stance, it's not going to help unless the rest of the system also manages to do its part with energy consumption.


GIGABYTE has pioneered its motherboard line-up with its Dynamic Energy Saver technology, and it will now be included on all of their new boards to help in reducing the overall amount of energy wasted by computers on a daily basis.


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