The foundation for our solar-powered PC is the AMD 690 chipset. The Northbridge portion of this chipset uses 80 nm technology, and consumes less power because the memory interface is integrated into the CPU. That explains why this Northbridge includes fewer transistors and requires a smaller surface area.
The AMD 690G chipset uses 80 nm technology and occupies a surface area of 49 mm².
The SB600 Southbridge occupies a surface area of 36 mm²
The functionality that the Southbridge SB600 delivers is pretty meager when compared to competitive chips. We don't need RAID support, though, so it's perfectly adequate for our solar-powered PC. The SB600 also uses 80 nm technology, and consumes far less power than competing chips as well.
Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350 on the Gigabyte motherboard (sans cooler)
Even the three-phase voltage regulator that handles power for the CPU contributes to lower energy consumption.
A three-phase voltage regulator also keeps power consumption low
- A New Desktop PC Power Consumption World Record: 61 Watts
- Power Delivery: Conventional A/C (120/230V) Or 16 Volts DC?
- Delivering 16 V DC From A Solar Panel
- Delivering 16 V DC From A Solar Panel, Continued
- Efficiency Is Where It's At
- Efficiency Is Where It's At, Continued
- Best Choice: AMD Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350
- 1 Watt Active Cooling Takes Very Little Power
- Energy-saving Motherboard: Gigabyte With HDMI And DVI
- Energy-saving Motherboard: Gigabyte With HDMI And DVI, Continued
- Comparing Energy Draw: MSI Vs. Gigabyte
- Motherboard Comparison
- Measurements: Energy Consumption For Onboard Components
- Major Differences Among Hard Disks: WD Comes Out Best
- Comparing DVD Drives: Samsung Wins With 3.5 Watts Consumed
- The Monitor Is A Real Energy Hog: 23 Watts When In Use
- The Monitor Is A Real Energy Hog: 23 Watts When In Use, Continued
- 61-Watt Solar-Powered PC: Storage Batteries Allow Operation In The Dark
- 61-Watt Solar-Powered PC: Storage Batteries Allow Operation In The Dark, Continued