Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice
Me too ^_^ I was going to build a HTPC with a quad inside a silverstone Sugo 3, but now I'm thinking it may be green inside.
To those with power on their mind (everybody), remember that AMD's refresh of the 2900 cannot be too far away and their 65 process is steadily improving.
If you are going for a HTPC you would be most benefited by going with the G0 Q6600 (95Watts) or the new Xeon's. The L5410 is a 2.13Ghz / 1333Mhz FSB / 12MB L2 / 45NM / Quad Core Xeon using only 50 Watts of power for $320.
Or you could get the E5410 which is 2.33Ghz / 1333Mhz FSB / 12MB L2 / 45NM / Quad Core Xeon using 80 Watts of power for $209.
Those are you best bet in a HTPC computer where power consumption and heat generation is a big concern.
The new Xeons also have SSE4, some new fancy form of hyper-threading, and individual scaling of each core.
Originally Posted by ryboto
Who's to say they haven't dropped power consumption? It's a new arch, why wouldn't it be more efficient than the K8? Just because the lowest power X2's have a 65W envelope doesn't mean you can apply it to an entirely new architecture. As for the 95W thing, I watched a press conference where the speaker specifically stated 95W as the TDP of Barcelona.
Barcelona will launch from 68-95Watts with Q4 chips using 68-120 Watts. So you got it right on about Barcelona. But can those TPDs really compete with Intel's 50 Watt quad core Xeons?