[rescue] Perverse Question

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Jun 15 20:03:25 CDT 2003

On Sunday, June 15, 2003, at 06:44 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>>>    Thermal migration of materials (diffusion) within the chip is 
>>> also an
>>> issue, but PC hardware isn't [generally] designed for longevity so
>>> that's not really a big deal.
>>    Give it five years running at a core temperature that must approach
>> the boilling point of water (if not exceed it)....
> Actually, die temperatures are dropping.  I happened to be looking at
> Athlon technical documentation just the other day, and the maximum die
> temperature on the XP1700+ is 90 Celsius, while on XP2000+ and faster
> it's 60 Celsius.

   Die temperatures AT THOSE CLOCK RATES are dropping.  That means 
they've improved the thermal characteristics of the design, and upped 
the clock rate again...but not as much as they could have (taking only 
thermal characteristics into account).  Higher clock rates mean more 


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