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Old 2007-10-30, 21:13   #8
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Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
but how would a desktop use more power doing distributed computing?
Expanding on sdbardwick's answer:

In addition to what you've correctly said about CPU clock throttling, there are other factors. For both laptops and desktops, there's the matter of how many sections of the system the software is keeping busy. Prime95 keeps more sections of your CPU continually busy than most other software, DC or not, does.

For example, CPUs normally power-down the floating-point arithmetic unit when it's not in use (because most software doesn't routinely perform FP arithmetic all the time). But Prime95 keeps the FPU continually busy, so the FPU never cools off as it would when most other software is running.

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