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With the focus now shifting towards making more energy-efficient products, motherboard manufacturers such as ASUS and Gigabyte have come up with technologies to keep power consumption (and heat output) down. ASUS names their technology the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) while Gigabyte calls theirs the Dynamic Energy Saver (DES).

According to ASUS, the "ASUS EPU utilizes innovative technology to digitally monitor and fine-tune the CPU power supply with improved VR responses in heavy or light loadings. Working together with AI Gear 3+, it automatically provides power for higher performance or improves efficiency by 50% when the PC is running low intensity applications - helping you attain the best possible power efficiency and energy savings of up to 80.23% to help save the environment".
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For the average user, we would still recommend leaving AI Gear 3+ to high performance mode (if you have ASUS AI Suite installed), or just leave the C1E and EIST settings in the BIOS enabled for power saving whenever it is possible.

If you're an avid gamer who plays games from the moment you power on the computer and you choose Auto mode, no doubt you get a performance boost from the slight overclocking, it also results in your system consuming more power. If you just use your computer to surf the Net, play music, then you would benefit by setting AI Gear 3+ to maximum performance saving mode. The processor runs at a lowered speed with less voltage since FSB is lowered and the multiplier is also lowered and locked. Surfing the Net does not require much processing power at all, so one would not notice any loss in performance under such circumstances.

The ASUS Energy Processing Unit is nevertheless an interesting development by ASUS. The EPU does help to conserve power on Auto mode when your PC in on idle only, and unless you're well-aware of your usage patterns and what your applications require, and choose the most suitable mode according to situations, you might just end up consuming more power than necessary instead, albeit with enhanced performance (with the slight overclocking) without compromising stability (We've got Rock Solid, Heart Touching remember? )

We've briefly heard about the second rendition of the EPU which promises better power management and with MSI and Gigabyte also in the race to save more trees, we can only wait and see which company comes up with a better tree-saving mechanism with the help of their lovely Voltera and Intersil counterparts. =)
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What is with VR Zone's messed up titles today? First RAM coolers are thermodynamic and now an energy processing unit is apparently a home to something.
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What is with VR Zone's messed up titles today? First RAM coolers are thermodynamic and now an energy processing unit is apparently a home to something.
When they use the term 'to dwell' it means to go into detail. It doesn't mean an actual dwelling

Please don't tell me this is just UK slang?

We use dwell to say something is boring and too in-depth over here. So even to me it is a pretty weird title anyways
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~The title should say 'Delving into'...dwelling into sounds incorrect
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I'm tired of this energy saving nonsense. A little bit of electricity never hurt anything. If anything they should be worrying about low power ovens/refrigerator's etc......
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When they use the term 'to dwell' it means to go into detail. It doesn't mean an actual dwelling

Please don't tell me this is just UK slang?

We use dwell to say something is boring and too in-depth over here. So even to me it is a pretty weird title anyways
To dwell on something is more of an idiom since it implies living but in a metaphorical way in that someone has been sitting on a subject so long it is like they are living on it. Dwelling on something means to reamin focused on it, especially when there is no need to be - like being obsessed with something. Dwelling on a topic implies thought has already been given to the subject, thus it does not work for this title - at least in the capacity for which it was meant - unless an article was already written on this subject. Even then, "into" is the improper pronoun for the gerund "dwelling."

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~The title should say 'Delving into'...dwelling into sounds incorrect
My thoughts exactly. Glad to see it isn't a British/American language gap thing.
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I'm tired of this energy saving nonsense. A little bit of electricity never hurt anything. If anything they should be worrying about low power ovens/refrigerator's etc......
No way man. This, that, and the other thing; it's all gotta be green! I'm all for saving the environment and everything, but all this 'green' stuff is seriously annoying.

In fact, the other day, I saw an ad asking me to take a survey to see if my sandwich was green
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im liking Asus at the moment. they see, to be doing a lot.

anyway, this is efficiency and is good, it's more claiming to save you some money and not the world.
    
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No way man. This, that, and the other thing; it's all gotta be green! I'm all for saving the environment and everything, but all this 'green' stuff is seriously annoying.

In fact, the other day, I saw an ad asking me to take a survey to see if my sandwich was green
"green" products aren't about saving the enviornment. They're about making money on the media-hyped "go green" fad.

Now, I'm all for saving the enviornment, but most green products are a load of bull crap. For example: hybrid SUVs.
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