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05-16-2008

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Does the Power Dial Really Do Anything?

2008-05-16, 1:16 AM
I really don't see any difference in performance or CPU temperature when I move the power dial to different positions.  Is is really doing anything?  If it does, what's the difference between "auto" and "turbo".  If auto steps it ups when apps require it - what advantage is there to putting it in turbo mode?

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01-23-2008

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Re: Does the Power Dial Really Do Anything?

2008-05-16, 12:11 PM
I too think it might be a placebo effect.  Anyone done any actual benchmarking to prove the validity of this?
Kevin

New Lenovo user.
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05-16-2008

In the swamps of Louisiana

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Re: Does the Power Dial Really Do Anything?

2008-05-16, 17:04 PM
BUMP!

Someone please give this a legit answer. I keep hearing all this speculation (including that China hardware is going down in quality *yikes*), and I'm looking into buying the Lenovo 3000. Word on the street is that the dial is a gimmick; furthermore, I've heard that it adjusts clock speeds.

Maybe I'm stupid. Someone answer this thread!

EDIT: Found this - http://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/board/message?board.id=H_Series_Lenovo_3000&message.id=323&query.id=31242#M323

...but it doesn't really give any official commentary either. I'd be very dissappointed to find that such a feature is just a gimmick, and that I should just "pick which color I like best" because it doesn't actually change anything...


Message Edited by BroCam on 05-16-2008 10:22 AM
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Try it. It is good.
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12-23-2007

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Re: Does the Power Dial Really Do Anything?

2008-05-16, 19:34 PM
Hello, BroCam,
 
First bug spray for the swamps, I was stationed at FT. Polk for a while and know that mosquitoes are the size of 747s.  
 
The dial is both a gimmick but also useful.  The Dial does change the processor speed as the manual states and also a discussion was done on a post way earlier on the PowerDial.  As for the light it is up to you if you decide that the winking eye is not going to bother you or you CAN just pull the plug for the light itself without affecting the dial operation.
 
the K100 should be less than $800 right now and it's a great price for a Quad core, If you decide to mod or upgrade it has been a good platform to launch from.
 
God I miss sucking heads and eating tails...    Boudin and some beer...  
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In the swamps of Louisiana

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Re: Does the Power Dial Really Do Anything?

2008-05-16, 19:49 PM
Hey eng223,

I actually read your thread from a ways back on the forum. Thanks for answering my question.

And yes, they are huge! We've had a long spring down here this year though, so they aren't quite swarming yet haha. Crawfeesh boils are in full effect though! Went to one a couple of weeks ago, and it's mudbug madness festival time too. We just have the best food, what can I say? Haha

I'm actually going to be running Slackware GNU/Linux on it as my operating system, so I don't need high graphical power or anything. I was just really hoping that the dial could actually help save energy (as I'm not real interested in revving it up [red light]). I do want to find out though if I can cause the light to always be one color ( and I would choose red, by the way), regardless of the setting. Maybe a mod of some sort?

But yeah, the price is low, and I always liked IBM (their hardware anyways). I have an old Compaq that I was thinking about rebuilding, but then with the rebates and the prices being so low on the 3000 - I figured why not just get a reliable brand-new system?

But yeah, I hope you get to visit Louisiana soon and get yourself some good eatin'. Thanks again for the help!

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Re: Does the Power Dial Really Do Anything?

2008-05-16, 22:30 PM
Hello BroCam,
 
Shame on me because now I gotta get a beer and think about those days and the taste...
 
oh the dial will stay one color as long as the dial is on that position. BTW mines is on Red but the light will always pulse.  Hope that helps.
 
 
 
mmmmm boudin....  
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