Originally Posted by Thefumigator
You are discussing this with an electrical engineering student... not that I'm a good one
C'mon, we all know a 65w processor can't really make more heat and consume more power than a 125w processor. Of course the relation is not linear and it has to be measured on full throttle.
Also if you put a 125 watt processor into a 95 watt motherboard, the mobo will die, sooner or later. Not because of heat, but because of power draw overheating its regulators. It could even overheat the tracks.
I didn't say TDP is exactly
heat dissipation, but it comes almost
hand in hand.
I'm pretty sure those 95w FX processors will be more competitive in the power consumption and heat dissipation area where today the 125w versions are struggling.
Right, but a 125 watt TDP CPU like the 8150 actually can consume closer to 180 watts (depending on the leakage for that particular CPU), it's just that 125 watts of that is converted to heat (which is actually a lot of wasted energy, but that's a different topic). Of course this is all at stock, but I'm just mentioning this because a lot of people are using TDP and power draw interchangeably and depending on the CPU the amount of leakage the circuit generates can vary.