IDT HyperGear IDT announces its HyperGear VRM controller

We've already seen a wide range of various power saving VRM controllers, least not from Intersil on Gigabyte motherboards, as well as various custom solutions like Asus' EPU and now IDT has announced a solution it calls HyperGear that not only promises to save power, but also to boost the system performance. IDT doesn't many any wild claims in terms of power savings, but it's the first solution of this kind that we've heard of that also claims to boost the CPU performance.

We've already seen a wide range of various power saving VRM controllers, least not from Intersil on Gigabyte motherboards, as well as various custom solutions like Asus' EPU and now IDT has announced a solution it calls HyperGear that not only promises to save power, but also to boost the system performance. IDT doesn't many any wild claims in terms of power savings, but it's the first solution of this kind that we've heard of that also claims to boost the CPU performance.

IDT claims that its HyperGear technology can improve power efficiency by over 10 percent which is still a fairly reasonable number, especially compared to some claims we've seen in the past. However, this is only part of what the new solution offer; as it can also boost the CPU performance by automatically adjust the CPU frequency depending on CPU usage. IDT attributes this to "an innovative HyperGear algorithm" built into the power management ICs that can tell when processor intensive applications are running.

IDT HyperGear IDT announces its HyperGear VRM controller

According to the press release, HyperGear can tap into various system buses and as such it can adjust the core Voltage and clock frequency of the CPU with the added bonus of not needing any additional components. When the CPU is idle HyperGear will clock down the CPU to reduce power draw, much like competing solutions. HyperGear is compatible with the "industry standard" VR12 specification and IDT claims that it's easy to integrate its solution on current and future platform. There isn't too much information to go on in the press release and there doesn't appear to be a product page as yet on IDT's website for its HyperGear products.

We'll see if there are any takers among the consumer motherboard makers, as most seem to be happy with their current solutions, although we can see the benefit for less technical users to get an extra performance boost and power saving beyond AMD and Intel's standard power saving and overclocking features that are built into the CPUs. That said, it's also a matter of how well HyperGear manages the CPU frequency and we can see some power users not being too keen on a solution like this.

Source: IDT