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Intel's X38 chipset to be a power hog?

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When we reviewed Intel's new P35 Express core logic chipset, we noticed that its power consumption was notably higher than that of Intel's previous P965 and 975X chipsets, even when we used the same type of memory with all three. Well, the folks at VR-Zone have word that the X38 Express—Intel's upcoming top-of-the-line enthusiast chipset that will have support for PCI Express 2.0 and multi-GPU configurations with dual 16-lane PCI Express slots—may also have rather high power consumption.


VR-Zone says the X38's north bridge chip will don a heat spreader, a feature uncommon for Intel north bridges. According to motherboard manufacturers, the chipset "runs pretty hot when running dual graphics cards in x16/x16 mode. It runs up to more than 60 degrees [Celsius] in this case." The site adds that mobo makers plan to outfit their X38 motherboards with elaborate heatpipes to keep the chipset cool.

http://techreport.com/onearticle.x/12593
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Time to invest in the chipset block for my H20 loop. 60c is just ridiculous! Thats gotta heat up the cpu cooler too, not to mention in-case temps would be just stupid. x38 is going to be my next mobo purchase anyways.
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Well, the 680i is by far more power hog than any current Intel core logic, something that pretty much no one knew probably, but they do. Also, run hotter than "any" Intel chipset as well.

Also, what's there to expect? The chipset will support several new features that current Intel chispets don't support....

Otherwise, how come no one is "wondering" as to why GeForce video cards are getting bigger, running hotter and requiring more power than previous generations? Isn't that something to wonder about to?
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I agree...that was why I went to water cooling a long time ago. hardware is getting more features and capabilities. All this new stuff is goign to take more power even with die shrinks. If more power is used or moved through the conduits, more heat will be produced. Simple as that

They only way to combat it is to develop better ways to remove the heat or engineer things to use less wattage. Niether of which is all that easy.
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