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    Some thoughts about power consumption.

    It's bit of a blast from the past but I've recently swapped my AMD 64 3200 + 2.2 GHz for the same spec AMD processor, but that has a lower wattage from 89 Watts to 65 Watts. And my overall power consumption has dropped from 84 to about 65watts. (these were the most amazing CPUs on the planet once!)

    I realise I'm going to take one heck of energy consumption hit when I upgrade properly, to a new processor, which I plan to do. Putting aside the low-power AMD processors. Most of the current crop of multicore core processors are around the 130 to 145 wattage overall power draw on idle. The three and four cores obviously a bit higher. I've got these figures by looking at quite a few test reviews. One comparison I would like to see but have not, is the AMD 5050e versus the new AMD Athlon II and Phenom CPUs

    It seems ridiculous to have these power requirements when just playing music or having the computer on overnight downloading. I think they should make high-power CPU that has something like an atom integrated into the motherboard or the processor that you could switch to when you are using your computer as a server or doing something that needs minimal computer power. saving money and the planet.

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    Re: Some thoughts about power consumption.

    If you use software like NHC or RMClock you should be able to set profiles to underclock and undervolt the CPU during normal usage. I do this with both my notebook and deskstop. You can also use ATI Tray Tools to do the same with ATI graphics cards too and I also do this with my HD4830.

    The other alternative is to have two systems connected to the same monitor using a KVM switch - have a low power system for normal use and a higher power one for more demanding tasks.

    Of course you can just use a notebook for standard stuff and this is what I do.


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    Re: Some thoughts about power consumption.

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    If you use software like NHC or RMClock you should be able to set profiles to underclock and undervolt the CPU during normal usage. I do this with both my notebook and deskstop. You can also use ATI Tray Tools to do the same with ATI graphics cards too and I also do this with my HD4830.

    The other alternative is to have two systems connected to the same monitor using a KVM switch - have a low power system for normal use and a higher power one for more demanding tasks.

    Of course you can just use a notebook for standard stuff and this is what I do.
    Well there's a few ideas I hadn't thought of, I was really excited about RCclock and have installed it. I was really disappointed that it was one of the most hardest understand software I've ever come across. The only guide I found online was for an earlier version which was just different enough to be of little help. Might give the other one you suggested a try.

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    Re: Some thoughts about power consumption.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anteries View Post
    Well there's a few ideas I hadn't thought of, I was really excited about RCclock and have installed it. I was really disappointed that it was one of the most hardest understand software I've ever come across. The only guide I found online was for an earlier version which was just different enough to be of little help. Might give the other one you suggested a try.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=124420

    Try reading through this, i used it to undervolt my laptop considerably. It is written for laptop enthusiasts but the theory is the same for whatever CPU you use. Give it a go & if you have any problems create a thread there and someone will definitely help you.

    Think of it as Hexus but dedicated to just laptops really!

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    Re: Some thoughts about power consumption.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andehh View Post
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=124420

    Try reading through this, i used it to undervolt my laptop considerably. It is written for laptop enthusiasts but the theory is the same for whatever CPU you use. Give it a go & if you have any problems create a thread there and someone will definitely help you.

    Think of it as Hexus but dedicated to just laptops really!
    A belated thanks for that links, very interesting website as well.

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