Power Consumption Levels Top 200 W
We performed our performance measurements across a range of CPU clock rates. The test system we used incorporated the following components:
- Intel Pentium D 805
- Tagan i-Xeye 480 W PSU
- Asus P5WD2-E Premium
- OCZ DDR2-800 (2x 512 MB)
- 2x Western Digital WD160
- GeForce 7800 GTX
- Gigabyte DVD-Rom 16x
When the Pentium D 805 is overclocked, the power consumption for an idle system (Windows desktop only) climbs to 88 W. The substantial increase in input voltage necessary for stable operation is a significant contributor to this increase.
With a heavy load (100% utilization) on both CPU cores, the difference between standard clock rates and overclocking to 4.1 GHz is pretty dramatic. The resulting boost in performance comes at the cost of 216 W of actual power consumed!
Of course, we would like to keep the cost down as much as possible.
We have no idea where the best bang for the buck will be. For us a stable system is more important than blazing speed. Thus, the HP's worked fine for what we originally got them for; it’s just that our graphics and video production software are forcing upgrades in speed and power.
The D850 chip sounds incredible and the power supply we already have to get will handle overclocking that chip. It even sounds like that chip will work in the existing mobo if we can find a way to change the clock speed from inside windows instead of from the BIOS. HP BIOS does not allow adjusting the clock speed in the BIOS but can't BIOS just be changed as well; isn't it just an EPROM?
Anyway, even if we opt for changing out the mobo for another case compatible Asus mobo, we still have to answer the question of which board and chip combination will give us the most stable service for the least cost.
Any ideas that might help us plan the most appropriate upgrade and the least cost?
With the price of components that you need to make this run stable, and the amount of electricity that this would use, a cheap Core 2 and motherboard and DDR2 memory would cost you less in the long run.
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
Kingston DDR2 2x2GB 800MHz
This should cost less than $200.
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