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Just to be clear, not talking about which GPU is the most economical watt/hash-speed

As far as the ability to tune down unnecessary pieces of the computer, as well as undervolting your cards successfully.

I know using windows 7 and MSIAfterburner I have been able to reduce power consumption by about 10% TDP from the wall.

Although I am experienced with using linux (debian flavored) distributions for my day job, I haven't gotten into GPU Mining with linux due to the problems with AMD drivers and the different ubuntu versions. (Ex: Ubuntu 14 LTS vs Ubuntu 16 LTS, some of the 'older' AMD cards aren't supported in the Ubuntu 16 version)

Leading to my question: What operating system and tool would allow me the most control over EVERYTHING that consumes power for the whole machine, and be able to shutdown unnecessary processes while still maintaining a stable machine?

Soft question: Is the difference in lost hashing speed with a linux distro (over Windows installations) able to be made up by having a super low power draw?

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