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What does TDP mean, Nvidia?

Posted on 11th Nov 2010 at 16:09 by Clive Webster with 53 comments

Clive Webster
TDP is typically defined as Thermal Design Power, the amount of power (heat) that a cooler must dissipate in order to keep a silicon chip within its operating temperatures. While Intel and AMD disagree as to what test to run to measure this, both agree that it’s a measurement of waste heat output from a chip.

Reading through the Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB review guide threw up a new definition, however: ‘TDP is a measure of maximum power draw over time in real world applications.’ Even if Nvidia’s definition is the correct one, I have to wonder why it wanted to use the term in this way at all.

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1.35V DDR3 memory: how much power does it save?

Posted on 11th Nov 2009 at 10:29 by Richard Swinburne with 5 comments

Richard Swinburne
As soon as Kingston admitted to providing Intel with its 1.35V DDR3 at the IDF Clarksdale demo, we started hearing the buzz from more companies such as G.Skill Press Release, all announcing low voltage DDR3 arriving very shortly.

But what does the drop down to 1.35V bring you?

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WIN: Asus Xtreme Global Summit Competition Week 3

Posted on 12th Aug 2009 at 13:23 by Alex Watson with 40 comments

Alex Watson
We’ve previewed one of Asus’ upcoming P55 boards, the P7P55 Deluxe, taking a look at its overall layout, heatsinks and ports. We recently had a chance to catch up with the Asus design team to talk about the board’s power management design.

The P7P55D features a new design – branded ‘hybrid phase’, which adds a ‘T.Probe’ chip to a 16-phase power design to provide increased reliability by actively managing the VRMs to keep temperatures under control.

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Intel Haswell-E; Intel Core i7-5960X Review, X99 Chipset and DDR4

Intel Haswell-E; Intel Core i7-5960X Review, X99 Chipset and DDR4

We finally get our hands on Intel's Haswell-E. More cores, more cache but...
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