Originally Posted by Licht
I'm impressed with how K10 is doing, guess they just needed time to do some revising. 45nm will definitely help too. I wonder how they make their energy efficient chips suck so little juice though. (Since they are supposed to not lose any performance.)
According to testing done by Ars, the -e chips appear to be chips that have similiar thermal properties as the 125W chips but can't clock at those speeds so they are basically 9850/9750 chips that are underclocked and undervolted to 65W. Perhaps AMD has made some progress in the fabs as well but it doesn't seem like these 65W chips are entirely ground breaking.
As for the 9950, the TDP is quite scary too look at. It is the complete opposite of the situation a couple of years ago when Intel was releasing chips that had such high TDPs and AMD was preaching about energy efficiency. Look at this power consumption graph:
The QX9650 actually consumes less power at load than any of the K10 based chips at idle! I hope AMD gets their high-K 45nm rolling in quick.Edited by Cheetos316 - 7/1/08 at 11:53am