It is spec'd as 54w tdp, ie the thermals would be 54w equivalent:It's not, intel bunches a lot of CPUs into the same TDP and gives them all the same cooler, for example all the way from the g3900 to the i3-6320 is the same 51W TDP.
TDP is more about a thermal class versus a cooler recommendation imo.
TDP literally means thermal design power and intel itself defines it as the number for people to choose the appropriate cooling for.Yes, but in the chicken/egg part of this, it's the TDP where it starts, not the cooler--which is what you were implying.
What is the purpose of TDP?
The purpose of defining TDP is to provide system designers/integrators with a power target in order to help with proper thermal solution selection.
Knowing what I know about what engineers do when dealing with materials sciences (my dad was a mechanical engineer), I highly doubt that the TDP for all the specific products isn't known. But it probably made more financial sense to simply label all of them the same and provide the same cooling since individual cooling solutions for each product was more expensive in the end. Kind of like putting a 95w cooler on a 65w cpu--overkill, but if the 95w cooler is cheaper than a 65w one, why not?TDP literally means thermal design power and intel itself defines it as the number for people to choose the appropriate cooling for.
When you see several tiers of CPUs with the exact same TDP it's super obvious that they just don't bother with figuring out the real TDP for each one and making different coolers for each if they can just provide one TDP and one cooler for all of them.
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