[mythtv-users] Secrets for low powered front ends ?

Kris B. krisbee at krisbee.com
Thu Oct 13 19:25:10 UTC 2011

On Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:31 PM, "Richard Morton"
<richard.e.morton at gmail.com> wrote:

all this means I have a huge powerbill... so I am reading this
with interest and reading that a i3 with 35w tdp is nearly as
quick as the q6600 I have is quite astounding.

Have you ever considered cputhrottling?  That is what I do on my
frontend machine (running powernowd), which will scale the cpu
during idle down from 2.8mhz to .35mhz, and I can tell the
difference by how much heat the ps is disappating.  When running
full blast the back of the slim case and fan is warm to the
touch, when idling, cold.  I notice no difference in performance,
since when the cpu is needed, it goes right back up.

Also, I have disconnected the floppy and anything else
non-essential.  Having it power down the disk might help as
well.  You can cut quite a bit on a normal machine just by doing
Kris B.
[1]krisbee at krisbee.com


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