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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

X58 is a high-end chipset, yet ASRock now has their own version aimed toward a more mainstream crowd whilst keeping all the important features.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 24, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: ASRock

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.

 

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard

 

Power usage on the ASRock board is extremely impressive. There is no doubt a lot of work has gone into this board to get it up to this standard.

 

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.

 

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard

 

The heat generated off this board is slightly higher than the ASUS offerings; however, it's not excessive and would be fine in systems that require little noise generation.

 

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