[mythtv-users] Brand new hardware

Stephen Tait tait at digitallaw.co.uk
Sat Jun 12 09:23:50 EDT 2004


At 14:01 12/06/2004 +1000, you wrote:
>On Thu, Jun 10, 2004 at 01:13:56PM +1000, Clyde Stubbs wrote:
> > CPU - Athlon XP2000+ or faster, but remember faster is hotter is noisier.
>
>Not necessarily. As technology improves, faster processors come out that
>draw less power. Looking at the Athlon XP model 6, 8, 10 and "10 with
>256kb cache" data sheets on amd.com:
>
>XP 2600+ (model 10) has typical power of 53.7W.
>XP 2400+ (model 10 with less cache) has typical power of 53.7W.
>XP 3000+ (model 10) has typical power of 58.4W.
>XP 2200+ (model 8) has typical power of 61.7W.
>XP 2100+ (model 6) has typical power of 64.3W.

Not to mention that the new Barton cores (and the A64's) implement "cool 
'n' quiet" feature

>So you can see that the slowest of these processors (2100+) runs the
>hottest. The 2400+ and 2600+ run the same.

AMD have made leaps and bounds with their power consumption. I don't have 
any figures, but IIRC the A64's run even cooler and use even less power. If 
you can get your hands on a mobile Athlon (about 10 more than the regular) 
you'll be laughing. They're designed for lappies and have much lower power 
requirements. 



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