18th January 2008

Gigabyte lowers power usage on Intel chipset motherboards by up to 70%

posted by Eric C. in Hardware, Motherboards |

Gigabyte has announced their Dynamic Energy Saver motherboard line, which they tout as having “power savings of up to 70% and up to 20% improved power efficiency.” They’ve announced a list of motherboards that support the feature using Intel P35, X38 and X48 chipsets. Gigabyte didn’t give much technical info about how it actually works in the press release but it uses a mixture of proprietary hardware and software to get the job done. It apparently includes components manufactured by Intersil, who makes IC chips for a multitude of different industries, including a large ammount of power managment chips. The software portion of Dynamic Energy Saver calculates in real-time the power consumption of the CPU in watts, along with calculating how much power is saved. The program allows you to switch between three settings, and allows you to “adjust the CPU voltage according to power saving needs; Level 1 for Normal Power Savings, Level 2 for Advanced Power Savings, and Level 3 for Extreme Power Savings.”

For the full press release click here.

image courtesy of Gigabyte

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