- Mar 16, 2017
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Yes, peak power consumption might not matter in many users’ day-to-day use, but I suspect that even in random workloads, the boosting to one core is going to put similar strain on the power delivery. Basically, motherboards still must be designed to accommodate the CPU’s boosting behavior to achieve that very top performance. That adds complexity, which adds cost. You get to pay for it either way, and I think the real take home is that this looks like the future state of high-end desktop computing. This power boosting can deliver more performance, but we’re already running into a thermal density-cooling limit—one that will likely only get worse with smaller nodes. This is going to be a one-time grab for that extra performance that will require some huge architectural gains to be able to walk back from. I think this is just how CPUs are going to behave from now on.