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May 2, 2013

Intel’s Haswell CPUs Could Have Problems With Older PSUs


Older or cheaper power supplies might have compatibility with the upcoming Intel Haswell CPUs because they are too efficient.
According to VR-Zone, a number of power supplies will actually not be able to support the Intel Haswell CPUs, not because they cannot deliver enough power, they cannot deliver a low enough level of power.
While Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs had a minimum power consumption of 0.5 A in a C6 or C7 state, the next generation of processors would require only as little as 0.05 A, a 10x reduction. The problem is that a number of older or lower-quality power supplies are unable to deliver such low loads at stable voltages, meaning that the system could crash due to unstable voltages when in C6 or C7 state.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Users with problems could simply go into the motherboards’ BIOS interface and disable the C6 and C7 power states. However, this would lead to higher power consumption. Fortunately though, most modern power supplies shouldn’t have issues with the low power draw. A number of manufacturers are already advertising power supplies that have perfectly stable voltages even down to zero Watts, among which is Enermax.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini