|Quoting Bablackpilot (Reply 6):|
The reason why computers need to use more and more power is because we as consumers are requesting that our computers be faster and faster. Typically things that require an increase in speed tend to require more power.
Remember we have come a long way in the computer industry. 50 years ago a computer the size of a deep freezer had the same processing power as today's scientific calculators......
The ratio of "Power need / Calculating capacity" clearly has decreased in the last 15 years when IBM AT
was state of the art. However, if you ever had a look inside such a machine, there were numerous IC
#s soldered onto the mainboard serving as memory and each of these needed power.
From todays highly integrated IC
's one would expect that they can be used without thermal problems, but meanwhile even memory banks need cooling and all that thermal energy produced by CPU, memory, video-CPU, HDDs needs to be removed from the case which in turn requires more or less loud fans.
OTOH, as I wrote earlier, there are notebook computers available that offer quite enormous computing power, but which are built in such a way that they hardly ever need "active" cooling by a fan ...
Stil I think that things are going into the wrong direction with standard-desktop PCs (I am excluding custom-built high-performance machines here), but as long as noone complains nothing will be changed.
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