The 945GSE based atom platform has a total TDP of 11.8W (CPU + NB + SB). But some netbooks use the 945G, that alone can consume 22W.rpsgc wrote:I mean, it consumes what, 10W?! That's just lazy engineering TBH. Really, a fan running all the time for a 10W device?
And as for lazy engineering, did you know that my soldering iron is only rated for 18W and that reaches well over 200*C? The chipset inside a netbook will use less than 18W I expect, but that heat is trapped inside and it must be dissipated into the outside world some how othewise it will probably get a lot hotter than you may think.
For all I know, most users may like the fan. It stops the netbook from getting too hot and if it needs a fan it must be faster than a netbook that doesn't have a fan.
I'd love to see netbooks with an aluminium chassis. I bet you could dissipate a decent amount of heat and stay fanless. CULV should be no problem then.