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Old 02-12-2010, 09:29 AM   #1
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Old 02-13-2010, 04:59 AM   #2
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I think it's somewhat flawed to state that "more phases are always better".
- More phases do provide less heat, better efficiency and stable output while the CPU draws lots of power.
- Few phases provide better efficiency while the CPU is idle or on light load.

In typical use the CPU is operating at less than 20% load most of the time. A good portion of lower end CPUs also don't draw much power even at full load.
Under those circumstances having only a few phases will be more energy efficient!

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