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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: Celeron Core
David Newall wrote:
> Andi Kleen wrote:
>>> Isn't it the case that an idle machine will use
>>> less power when throttled than when not?
>>>
>> No that is not the case (not even on old CPUs)
>>
> Then why would it run cooler? What generates the heat when not
> throttled? What stops generating heat when throttled? And you say this
> happens without reducing power consumption? I'm not convinced. I'm a
> long way from that.

I believe that all throttling does is forcibly halt the CPU on a
particular duty cycle. This will reduce the rate of power consumption,
but reduces the CPU performance by a greater amount (since even at 100%
halted the CPU still consumes power) and so actually reduces performance
per watt. It will spread the heat and power usage produced from a given
workload task out in time (thus its usefulness in limiting CPU
temperature) but will consume more power overall.

Real CPU clock throttling schemes like SpeedStep, PowerNow, etc.
actually do increase performance per watt when they kick in.


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