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Alex StevensFebruary 11, 2017

Thermal Design Power or Thermal Design Point, is the maximum amount of heat generated by a component. Typically a specification in CPUs and GPUs, TDP is a rating on how powerful of a cooling system is needed to dissipate the heat generated by the component in a typical workload.

TDP is unfortunately also very commonly confused with power consumption or total power draw, which is not accurate. While components with larger TDPs will typically draw more power which is why it needs a more powerful cooling system, TDP is not a measure of power consumption.

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Alex is a long time PC Hardware Enthusiast, when not testing, or troubleshooting he spends way too much time playing the latest RTS and FPS games.