Asus Dual Intelligent Processors Review
Published: 19th October 2010 | Source: Asus | Price: |
A number of hardware enthusiasts will argue that many of these features have been achievable for years. Those who know what they are doing can undervolt their processors for lower power consumption. They can manually overclock to their hearts content and manually adjust their fan speeds accordingly. However, this train of thought completely misses the point of Dual Intelligent Processors.
Innovation is at the very centre of a well developed product. While some of the features of DIP aren't strictly new, the quality of execution is very high.
The implementation of these devices have made the concept of power consumption and system tweaking considerably easier. The whole point of DIP is that you needn't worry about low power consumption modes on your system or spending days overclocking your processor for those £0 performance gains; that is unless you want to.
Yes, you could implement your own BIOS profiles for low demand computing but it won't do anywhere near a comprehensive job as the EPU. The feature is more like a dedicated device that offers a system wide and much more dynamic equivalent to Speedstep and Cool'N'Quiet. As said previously, when today's electricity costs up to 18p per kWh, every Watt counts.
There is no denying that manually overclocking will offer the best results. While your mileage may vary, our experience suggests that the TPU device can seemlessly take your processor within 5-10% of its "sweetspot" frequency, while a manual overclocking section will allow you to fine tune that overclock even further without having to access the BIOS. This is a real fly in the ointment for the "no pain, no gain" notion that is associated with system tweaking.
To conclude, Asus DIP consolidates a variety of Energy Saving and Performance Enhancing features into a single intuitive application. The technology offers near instant performance gains and clear cut reductions in power consumption, that will be greater exaggerated with a system with more fans, hard disk drives and monitors. Asus' R&D division can safely pat themselves on the back knowing full well that their hard work has produced a feature set that is in a league of its own.
- Effortless efficiency & performance gains
- Intuitive software application
- Will be found on almost all Asus boards