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GIGABYTE EX58-UD4P Motherboard - Power Usage and Heat Tests

With X58 boards costing quite a bit of money, GIGABYTE shows us that you can have a good board without paying the big price tag.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: May 6, 2009 12:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%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 EX58-UD4P Motherboard

 

This has always been a sore point between GIGABYTE and ASUS and we are still happy to say the UD4P manages to just save that little bit of extra power.

 

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 EX58-UD4P Motherboard

 

Lastly we see that both companies manage to keep the heat to a respectable level.

 

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