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MSI X48 Platinum Motherboard - Power Consumption Tests

We've got MSI's feature-packed DDR3 based X48 Platinum in hand which we compare to DDR3 X38 and P35 motherboards.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 21, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: MSI

Power Consumption

 

We are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into an AC wall socket).

 

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

 

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD-ROM or many cooling fans.

 

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.

 

 

Power usage between the X48 and X38 are identical at stock; Both MSI and ASUS are pretty well on the money when it comes to power usage. MSI's X48 draws a slight bit extra at overclocked speeds over the ASUS Maximus Extreme due to a higher bus speed and more voltage being pumped into the Northbridge. Compared to the P35T the X48 draws quite a bit more power.

 

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