I have an Intel Core i7 3610QM (Ivy Bridge) in my laptop. According to Core Temp, the TDP (thermal design power) is 45 watts. However, when turbo boosting to the max (3.1 GHZ) on all 8 threads with 100% CPU activity and heavy usage of the integrated GPU, I have never seen the power go above 35 watts.
Why does it seem like the processor could be using 10 more watts of power that it seems like it doesn’t have the capability to use? Maybe my understanding of TDP is flawed?