crp at cmc.net
Wed Jan 7 03:04:55 UTC 2009
Derek Broughton wrote:
> Ray Parrish wrote:
>> Derek Broughton wrote:
>>> Ray Parrish wrote:
>>>> Well, as I said above I'm not worried about the extra power the "cpu"
>>>> not the whole desktop takes... The cpu is just a small chip inside the
>>>> box, and runs on 5 volts. Reading comprehension my friend...
>>> Electricity comprehension my friend. 5V or 500V is (largely) irrelevant
>>> - it's the power, not the voltage.
>> Ok, I did some research, and this supports my view [From Wikipedia]
>>> Dynamic frequency scaling reduces the number of instructions a
>>> processor can issue in a given amount of time, thus reducing
>>> performance. Hence, it is generally used when the workload is not
>>> Dynamic frequency scaling by itself is rarely worthwhile as a way to
>>> conserve switching power. Saving the most power requires dynamic
>>> voltage scaling too, because of the V^2 component and the fact that
>>> modern CPUs are strongly optimized for low power idle states. In most
>>> constant-voltage cases it is more efficient to run briefly at peak
>>> speed and stay in a deep idle state for longer (called "race to
>>> idle"), than it is to run at a reduced clock rate for a long time and
>>> only stay briefly in a light idle state. However, reducing voltage
>>> along with clock rate can change those tradeoffs.
> So what you've just said is that you didn't understand a word of what was
> Did you have a clue what it meant by V^2?
> It also points out "modern CPUs are strongly optimized for low power idle
> states" - and you've yet to provide any evidence that yours _is_ one of
> those (it's not really even true - the _cutting edge_ cpus, are, but there
> are still huge numbers of commodity cpus that don't even do frequency
> Absolutely, it's right that voltage scaling is the best way to reduce power
> consumption - but that doesn't bear any relationship to what either you or I
> said above.
Well, I'm just throwing a guess out, but V^2 seems to be normal notation
for voltage squared.
This is the closest information I could find on "low power idle states"
and comes from a pdf I found on AMD's site. They aren't very forthcoming
with the specifications for my AMD Sempron 3400+, and only list the
1,8ghz AM2 socket version now, while mine is the 2ghz Socket 754 version.
> Power Management
> – Multiple low-power states
> – System Management Mode (SMM)
> – ACPI-compliant, including support for processor
> performance states
Here is a quote from Wikipedia about the AMD cpus.
> *Cool'n'Quiet* is a CPU
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_processing_unit> speed
> throttling <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_throttling> and power
> saving technology introduced by AMD <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD>
> with their Athlon 64 processor line. It works by reducing the
> processor's clock rate <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clock_rate> and
> voltage <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltage> when the processor is
> idle. The aim of this technology is to reduce overall power
> consumption <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_consumption> and lower
> heat generation, allowing for slower (thus quieter
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiet_PC>) cooling fan
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_fan> operation. The objectives
> of cooler and quieter result in the name Cool'n'Quiet. The technology
> is similar to Intel's <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel> SpeedStep
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpeedStep> and AMD's own PowerNow!
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerNow%21>, which were developed with
> the aim of increasing laptop battery life by reducing power consumption.
It says Athlon 64, but on another page it lists the Sempron 3400+ as
having the 64 bit instruction set, and Cool'n'Quiet technology.
Anyway, as I've said in previous posts on this topic, I save power in
quite a number of ways, but when it comes to my computer, I want it
running at full speed at all times. The power I save by leaving the heat
off far into the cold season, and wearing a coat indoors, eating 80% of
my food cold, washing dishes in cold water, and turning the warmer off
under the coffee pot as soon as it finishes brewing, as I don't mind
cold coffee either, should outweigh the amount of power my 64 watt cpu
Later, Ray Parrish
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