Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.
The fact that 95W models seem to be actually appearing as default indicates,things are improving. Also,as you know AMD tends to favour speed bumps at the same TDP rather than TDP drops. In fact nearly a 10% improvement in the lower end models is actually quite big by AMD standards. Usually it is only 100MHZ bumps every quarter or two. These are 200MHZ to 300MHZ bumps.
Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 17-02-2012 at 02:59 PM.
AMD don't seem to band their TDPs that closely though do they. Looking back at Phenom (& II) the next common rating down is 65W. There were a bunch of dual core Phenom IIs at 80W for some reason, which probably means someone like HP asked for them.
I assume that is because OEM designers build a chassis for 95W, and if the chip actually pushes out 70W they don't care.
It's the same for most CPU/GPU MFRs really, for example look at the 2500 vs 2600 - the 2500 uses quite a bit less power (something like 15w difference) under full load and yet they both have a 95w TDP.
Remember it's only the 'thermal design power' not the max or average rated power which can be a fair bit higher/lower. The TDP is to help system builders/thermal solution MFRs to accommodate a rough heat output under normal load conditions.
This is very interesting:
It should hopefully mean Trinity should have better power consumption characteristics over Llano. It could also explain why the Trinity die seems to have a large uncore area too.
Supposedly the die area is not affected by having to implement the technology after reading the article.
Last edited by CAT-THE-FIFTH; 21-02-2012 at 01:29 PM.
Very interesting. So, if you want to overclock, you need to re-tune your mesh inductors to match the new base clock? This could make black edition cpus much more attractive (or in other words, non BE cpus might be naturally locked unless you can hit a harmonic).
Where's the moose gone? :O
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