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ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

While the P6T impressed us, ASUS has another ace up its sleeve in the ROG series, the mighty Rampage II Extreme.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 21, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

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.

 

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard Review

 

Power wise, ASUS' P6T and Rampage II equal each other as the same amount of voltage regulation systems and power saving technologies is used on both boards, so no difference here.

 

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.

 

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard Review

 

Heat generation is slightly less on the Rampage II; possibly a more efficient heat pipe?

 

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