Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Fredericton, NB
That is good to know on the new Penryn series. But unless onw is waiting, they are not available at low prices yet.
One thing that I am most interested in is what the "lower end" chips done on penryn will draw. Most of the time, Intel and AMD tout power savings only on their mid and high end chips and there is little gained at the entry level. The entry level chips being what most should typically bother with on an HTPC build.
At the moment, the low end for both AMD and Intel are tied for power consumption and AMD has the advantage on price by 50%
Otherwise, I totally agree with you. Use the least power hungry chip that fits both your budget and the use of the machine you are building.