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pyroCPU: ATI PowerPlay Benchmarked

Jan 10, 2006, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

Introduced in ATI's v8.19.10 proprietary display drivers for their RADEON series was support for PowerPlay. For the uninitiated, ATI's PowerPlay allows the user to specify various 'power-states,' or rather various frequencies and voltages at which the card can operate. The purpose for these various performance levels is ultimately to allow mobile users to save on battery life through running at reduced speeds when not performing strenuous 3D tasks. As we had shared at Phoronix upon the public release of ATI PowerPlay for Linux, the technology does indeed work as expected by specifying the power-state to conserve the battery along with generating less heat..."

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