Originally Posted by reflex99
The L3 cache does not use an extra 30w. It is the higher clock speed. Because it is 125w TDP doesn't mean that every chip uses that much, it just means that it MUST be less than that. I would say that most Phenom IIs are in the <95w range at full load.
I'm not looking at TDP, I'm looking at actual power consumption. And reliably, every review across the web shows the Phenoms taking 20-30 more watts at load.
A 100-300mhz clock speed difference does not explain 20-30 watts. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=188
Compare the numbers in that bench to real reviews. It holds up pretty well.
Edit: Look at this too http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...X4_645/11.html
See how the 645 is clocked higher than the 925 and 945? Yet it's using 30 watts less at load.
Explain that. If it isn't cache, then what's the difference?Edited by pursuinginsanity - 3/20/11 at 10:43pm