I had a long post typed up but it was eaten.
Andy, I'm with you on that. All the pre-release talk for Brazos had me pretty interested in the platform. When it was available and tests started showing the CPU at Atom levels of performance I was disappointed. I really dig that it has a great IGP attached to it, but I don't like the tradeoff of raw CPU performance for lower power draw.
Llano will hopefully be interesting. I'm an AMD fan myself, but it's been a while now that I've seen any of their stuff as very compelling. Although I think their efforts to increase IGP performance were fantastic (and very appreciated), something about the Phenom line just doesn't appeal to me.
ces, well, I'm more interested in the power draw at load. You're right, it's pretty rare that a system would see that usage (my own system, in fact, never does anything more strenuous than the occasional CD audio rip / compress), but it's the principle of the thing that I like. I think it'd be cool (
) to go even lower, to be able to say that at full tilt even the 65W power supply of my ISK 300 isn't close to being taxed.
Seeing a processor with that kind of horsepower drawing less power than some of the early Pentium IIs is pretty amazing, and it makes me wonder what low power variants of Ivy Bridge might look like. I'm having visions of quad core, SMT capable, AVX beasts of processors with the power draw of a Pentium MMX.
I really dig the potential of a CPU with high-end capabilities and performance being run without a fan on the heatsink. If they pulled 35W out of 32nm, maybe we'll see 25W (or less?) out of 22nm?