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GIGABYTE EP45-Extreme Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

P45 is alive and never before has there been a chipset taken up so readily. Now GIGABYTE brings us an Extreme offering.

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 1, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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.

 

GIGABYTE EP45 Extreme Motherboard Review

 

On the power side, the EP45-Extreme sucks a little bit more power than the P35 board, but with extra features and a slightly higher power requirement of the P45 chipset, it's not a bad result.

 

Heat Generation

 

As a new measure, we are now monitoring the heat generation from the key components on the motherboards, this being the Northbridge, Southbridge (if it contains one) as well as the Mosfets around the CPU. The results are recorded at idle and load during the power consumption tests.

 

GIGABYTE EP45 Extreme Motherboard Review

 

Despite drawing more power, GIGABYTE's hybrid cooling manages to keep things cooler, especially with the extra heat pipe added.

 

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