Please take a minute to consider what you are saying; This bug is currently wasting 10 watts of opportunity for every computer that runs Win 7 for nothing except heat! Steam has 90 million users of which ~5% still use Win 7; 4x months after EOL, that’s 4 million users!
If you look at median playtime for Steam it is exploding (the numbers for 2020 will be off the charts!); we play fewer games for longer: 4 min (447,200,000 copies = 1.7B) in 2016, 7 min (263,300,000 copies = 1.8B) in 2018 to 17 min (167,800,000 copies = 2.8B ) in 2019, and that’s only for new titles! (https://steamspy.com/year/)
By brushing off this as a flaw, you are not giving gamedevs. the incitement to build games that don’t take full advantage of the power they can use!
There are four lessons you can draw from this;
- Win 7 is never going away! EVER! Until electricity becomes expensive, which it will eventually and probably by alot!
- Your waste is probably not going down, because as people stop using Win 7 they also play more compensating for the Win 7 dropoff!
- The opportunity cost is huge, I would say many nuclear power plants. The way you brush this off is sad for all kids on the planet. The debt nvidia has by letting the drivers churn the CPU like this for over 10 years is just incalculable.
- Raspberry Pi will eat your lunch in the ARMs race because they understand the value of low power better.