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Originally Posted by NexxoNot necessarily. The XT1650Pro has about 50 million more transistors than the 9800Pro, but runs cooler. It is a matter of building hardware to be more efficient, as well as more powerful. Nobody wants a PC 5 years from now that uses 5000 Watts.
Originally Posted by leexgxthay need to add power states into the GPUs like CPUs do
like when not in game mode auto Downclock and use less power
Originally Posted by LeMaltorDont they have that already with 2D and 3D mode?
Originally Posted by HardOCPPerformance per What?
bit-techs own Tim Smalley has posted an editorial on the use of Performance pet Watt as a standard on PC components. Mr. Smalley feels that maybe we need to consider making some changes to the system at hand.
Lets start with the CPU manufacturers, because they have been responsible for a large percentage of any systems power draw since the day the megahertz race started. Out of the two, Intel has been the biggest culprit of poor energy efficiency in the past when its 130nm to 90nm die shrink actually resulted in a 25 percent increase in thermal design power (TDP).
Kyle's Note: Anyone that has not been seriously considering PPW in their hardware evaluations for a while now should be questioned about their opinions overall. You can read here, here, and here where power consumption and performance heavily weighed on our conclusions. As for his tree hugger stance on thinking about the planet where PPW is concerned, well, that made me laugh. Market demand will shape the CPU and GPU future, and I know most tech companies are already fully embracing higher PPW usage scenarios. Think R700 for starters.
Performance per What?
Originally Posted by KrikkitI agree completely with the sentiment Tim - before I moved to uni (and had to start paying my own power bills), I didn't give a toss about how much power my computer used, but now it's a real concern.
Looking at the new-gen GPU's, power consumption's gone mad. Intel have managed a decent effort with C2D, because it's a powerful processor for a reasonable TDP, but the graphics boys have just gone completely mad these days.
Originally Posted by KrikkitYou do get a tax rebate if you install a solar panel in/on your house iirc, a grant at very least.
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