Poll: CPU power management on the desktop?


— 11:47 AM on April 14, 2006

It's time for a new poll about a burning PC topic, but first, we pause to consider that a whopping 37% of you guys claim to have delayed an Athlon 64 X2 purchase after seeing the early Conroe performance numbers. That is insane! Intel had better deliver the goods this summer in a big way, or 37% of us will be storming Santa Clara with torches and pitchforks.

Now for the question du jour. We've paid some attention to the dynamic power management features that microprocessors sport these days. SpeedStep and Cool'n'Quiet/PowerNow have now migrated from mobile products into desktops, workstations, and servers, but do PC enthusiasts really slow down their systems intentionally for the sake of reducing power use, heat, and noise? I wonder. And so we have a new poll asking whether you're using these features on your desktop systems. This one is a simple yes/no question, and although I'm sure there are horrible hegemonic implications to forcing such strict use of categories on an inevitably complex issue, I'm comfortable with that.

For further discussion, if you don't use power management, why not? Is your mobo capable? Can it overclock while using power management? And do you notice any slowdowns or compromises in responsiveness with such features enabled?

 
   
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