Originally Posted by Kylepdalton
I keep seeing this around here. Bulldozer does draw more power but if you have any of the energy saving deals turned it won't amount to much of a difference. Yes I know this for a fact. I have being watching my UPS with a meter built in telling me how much power is being pulled from the wall. Running Prime and Furmark with my system at 4.6 ghz with 2 6950's overclocked the highest I've seen it draw is about 480w.
A second point I want to point out is that TDP does not equal power draw. TDP refers to the heat or energy the system must dissipate. It is somewhat related to power draw but not the actual power draw.
Only half of this story even gets told. 100% load power consumption is pretty irrelevant to most users, likewise AMD is engineering efficiency where it matters to most.
(I know it's easy to say Intel wins, but this is to show for everyone who says Bulldozer is worse than K10 and K10.5 is wrong. AMD completely designed a new archtype and it beats the archtype they have been milking for over a decade. It's also easy to forget Bulldozer's conception was to beat/compete with Nehalem
. It's easy to confuse "behind" with "incapable".)
has a voltage leak, and a big one. But AMD's new CIC archtype is intelligent design. It's not perfect for everyone right now, maybe ever, but the design is solid. With their first
iteration performing idle feats like this, for an 8 core, is pretty cool. Dare to say, for the average overclocker a bulldozer might actually save them a dime every month.